A youth soccer coach from Ohio who has been on the run since Halloween, is now in custody as a fugitive from justice after being located by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Okaloosa County officials say on October, 41-year-old Justin Smith of Germantown was on trial in Montgomery County, Ohio on multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual battery by a coach, and sexual imposition stemming from allegations he had been sexually involved with a 14-year old girl.

They say during a break in the proceedings on October 31st, Smith escaped and left the area and his whereabouts were unknown for months.

His time on the run ended Friday, December 14, when OCSO deputies took Smith into custody at a townhome on Clifford Street near Fort Walton Beach.

He’s been charged as a fugitive from justice and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail. Smith has reportedly been in the area a couple of weeks. 

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