CLARION - A man facing three counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, Sept. 22 entered a plea to a lesser charge.
Aaron La'Ron Smith, 24, of Pittsburgh, entered a guilty plea to one charge of resisting arrest by law enforcement, a second-degree misdemeanor.
He had been accused of trespassing then spitting in an officer's face as the officer was attempting to remove him from the property on June 28.
Smith, who is lodged in the Clarion County Jail, was initially charged with three counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; three charges of simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of resisting arrest, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas Sara Seidle-Patton told Smith he could face up to two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
According to a criminal complaint, ClarionBorough police were dispatched to a residence along South Sheridan Road around 3:59 p.m. on June 28 for a report of a man refusing to leave the property.
According to the complaint, when police approached Smith, he immediately became confrontational. Smith reportedly spat on one of the officer's shoes. He was then advised to stop spitting toward the officer or he would be arrested for aggravated assault. Smith reportedly replied that he didn't care because he had nowhere else to go.
Smith allegedly spat on the officer's shoe and pants. He was then placed in handcuffs and advised he was under arrest.
While the officers were escorting Smith out of the residence, Smith reportedly turned and spat on the officer's left cheek and eye. He also reportedly spat at the officer's face again as he was being placed in a police vehicle. A spit mask was then placed on Smith's face, according to the complaint.
At theClarionBorough Police station, Smith reportedly attempted to head-butt one of the officers and struck the officer in the left shoulder with his head. Once he was placed in a holding cell, he reportedly removed his spit mask and continued to spit on the walls and floor.
Smith will be sentenced on Oct. 20.