The Ohio State football program was plagued with controversy this past season, mostly in part to the actions of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. According to TMZ, Smith violated a protective order by showing up to the school to pick his children up at 3 p.m. when he was not supposed to see them until 6 p.m. Police say an altercation began after school officials confronted Smith, and Courtney called 911.
Courtney Smith filed the civil protection order against her former husband in July. The order, signed July 20, 2018, is effective until 2023 and prohibits him from going within 500 feet of her.
In the latest incident, Smith was arrested and taken to the Delaware County Jail.
Smith was charged with violating the CPO, which is a misdemeanor. "This Order is to protect Courtney Smith, and she did not agree to any mutual stay-away order".
The staff would not allow him to pick up his children.
A spokeswoman for the Delaware County Sheriff's Office told the Columbus Dispatch that Smith raised his voice and got angry during the confrontation, but did not get physical with anyone.
"It is unfortunate that Mr. Smith chose to violate court orders rather than put the parties' children first", Leveridge said.
Lee wrote that the protection order prevents Zachary from being within 500 feet of Courtney and requires that custody exchanges must happen at the Powell Police Department under camera or police supervision.
Courtney Smith "remains in fear for her safety", the statement continued.
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