|Stockbridge Man Pleads Guilty, Must Register as Sex Offender |
|10:45AM / Friday, May 12, 2023|
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — On Tuesday, May 2 Joseph Smith, 45, of Stockbridge pled guilty to several charges stemming from a 2020 investigation involving photographs of an underage female.
Smith was sentenced to 5 years probation with conditions. The conditions are that he undergo a sex offender evaluation and cooperate with aftercare as recommended; further undergo a mental health evaluation with aftercare as recommended; sign waivers for the Superior Court Probation Department so that they can monitor his progress; have no access to internet and no computers/internet-enabled devices except at a public library or law library as needed to complete his evaluations and/or treatment; and have no unsupervised contact with minors.
Smith is subject to registration as a sex offender. The victim supported the sentencing in the case.
Smith's guilty plea stems from a 2020 investigation into illicit images of a person under 18. The victim in the case had previously been in a relationship with Smith. Years later Smith contacted the victim both sending her illicit pictures that had been taken during the relationship and sharing he had posed them online. The victim alerted the police. During a search of Smith's electronic devices, investigators from Stockbridge Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police discovered said images.