Judge ups bail for convicted sexual offender to $100,000
A convicted sex offender who prosecutors say was making prohibited contact with young girls had his bail amount doubled last week.
After pleading not guilty to one felony count of failing to register as a sex offender, Johan Albert Smith’s bail was raised from $50,000 to $100,000.
“I understand the charge is an allegation at this point, but it is very concerning to the court,” said 22nd Judicial District Judge Blair Jones during last Thursday’s hearing.
If Smith, 48, does post bail, he must wear a GPS so authorities know where he is at all times. As of Wednesday, he remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde has also filed notice that she is seeking to have Smith designated as a “persistent felony offender.”
Rohde said that Smith was supposed to have been living in Billings, but not been there for six weeks prior to his arrest in Stillwater County. Additionally, he has not made contact with the state’s Sexual and Violent Registry Offender network since 2013.
State law requires convicted sex offenders to register as convicted sex offenders. Such offenders are also required to contact authorities where they are living.
Smith has been convicted of that same offense twice in Stillwater County and been sent to prison.
A citizen’s tip that Smith was in Stillwater County led to his arrest last month. According to the state’s Sexual Violent Offender Registry, Smith is listed as a “non-compliant registrant” and “address verification overdue.” His last known address was in Billings.
Smith’s criminal history includes convictions for attempted rape in Virginia in 1988, third degree sexual assault in Washington in 1996, failing to register as a sex offender in Stillwater County in 2009 and violating his probation by having contact with young children just two weeks after being released from prison in 2011.
In the 2009 case, Smith claimed he did not realize he had to register as a sexual offender with the state. His non-compliant status was discovered when he was arrested for DUI by Columbus police.
In 2011 he was sent back to prison after admitting to being around young children just two weeks after being released from state custody from the 2009 case.
That incident occurred at the Women’s Shelter in Billings at which Billings police found him six feet away from a 3-year-old girl and her mother, according to prosecutors. Lawmen also learned Smith had taken a 4-year-old boy and his father to a grocery store and bought the child a toy, as well as spending time at the shelter.