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Former Nevada Union snowboard coach facing child sex charges

A former coach for the Nevada Union High School snowboarding team is facing child sex charges and remains booked into county jail since his arrest a month ago.

Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks said the charge, which originated from a case in that city’s jurisdiction, does not involve a member of any school athletic team or student.

Samson Smith has been charged with continual sexual abuse of a child with an allegation of substantial sexual conduct, said Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow. He was arraigned March 21, pleaded not guilty, and is set for a felony conference Thursday afternoon.

Part of the conduct that led to Smith’s arrest happened in Grass Valley and involved a family member, Marks said. Marks added that if anyone has additional information regarding Smith, they should contact the police department at 530-477-4600.

Smith was a snowboard coach at Nevada Union for approximately 10 years, until 2011, according to The Union archives. He currently is listed as working at Sugar Bowl Resort.

Restitution hearing in Campbell fraud case postponed

A restitution hearing in a Lake of the Pines fraud case was postponed Monday because the defendant’s location was not clear.

William Lawson Campbell had been sentenced in December 2011 to five years and eight months for defrauding dozens of Nevada County residents of at least $500,000 between 2003 and 2009.

Campbell pleaded no contest to 11 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses after selling pre-initial public offering shares in stock that did not exist. He took money but never invested it, using it instead for personal gain. He also sold shares in a rice-growing investment and an herb farm in the Philippines that did not exist, as well as in real estate transactions.

Due to realignment, that sentence was to be served in county jail.

But in Nevada County Superior Court Monday, Judge Ersel Edwards noted that no one knows where Campbell is; his former attorney, Greg Klein, confirmed he is no longer at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility and was released to home detention at some point.

Edwards postponed the hearing to May 6.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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