Woman sentenced to 4 years in prison for sex crimes

Tanya L. Smith stands next to her attorney, Dean Henry, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Tuesday morning.

A Fostoria woman who admitted she committed two sex-related crimes was sentenced to four years in prison by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff Tuesday morning.

Tanya L. Smith, 44, had been indicted on five counts of sexual battery, all third-degree felonies.

In March, she pleaded guilty to two of the counts during a hearing in Shuff’s courtroom. The other three counts were dismissed Tuesday.

Shuff sentenced her to four years in prison, with credit for 15 days served.

Smith was classified as a Tier III sex offender, with registration every 90 days for her lifetime. Also, she cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school or childcare center.

Angela Boes, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said the offenses involved separate conduct and occurred multiple times over the course of a year. The victim was 16 years old when she began her victimization of him, and it occurred until he was 17 years old, Boes said.

“We are here today for the court to hold the defendant accountable for what she did. … The defendant has only sought to minimize her own conduct and actions in this case,” Boes said.

Smith’s attorney, Dean Henry, said it was an “odd” case with an “odd” set of circumstances. The first encounter, he said, was a joint encounter that was, in part, facilitated by the victim.

Smith had taken responsibility by entering a guilty plea, Henry said.

“My client’s already begun that course (of rehabilitation),” he said.

Henry said Smith had a horrible lapse in judgment. She had been a good mother and suffered immeasurably, he said.

“What we have in this case is a very unique, very situational offense based on a relationship,” he said.

Before sentencing, Smith said she missed her children and was ashamed and embarrassed for what she had done. She said she was in the wrong.

“I do take full blame for that,” she said.