[Audio] Accused child rapist and former restaurateur headed to trial; Humboldt’s last week of news

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In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:26): Warning: Graphic content. Accused child rapist and former restaurateur Chad Smith will face a jury and possible life sentence in prison after a judge ruled there was enough evidence to take his case to trial.

Smith, a 42 year old who also worked locally as a substitute teacher, is accused of offenses with multiple victims over the span of four years. Two girls, now 15, testified along with many others during preliminary hearings at the courthouse in Eureka last week.

“I didn’t see a whole lot of emotion (from the suspect) and as far as when the Jane Does were testifying he appeared to just stare head on to the girls without any emotion whatsoever,” said Times Standard reporter Sam Armanino, who attended the hearings.

In the podcast, Armanino discusses his coverage on the hearings, provides an update on the case, and provides observations on those that attended the hearings.

Smith’s next court hearing will be on August 10.

The story begins at 7:26.

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Chad Smith, booking photo