A Brownsmead man was sentenced Thursday to more than six years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2017.
Greg Howard Smith, 52, was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree sex abuse. He originally faced three counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual penetration with a foreign object, luring a minor, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 before reaching a plea deal with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office.
The victim had long been friends with Smith’s son. Eventually, he also befriended Smith, often talking about drugs with him on Facebook.
The teen was given whiskey, marijuana and anxiety medication one night when he was visiting Smith on Fish Lane, Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown said. He also consumed methamphetamine, which the boy confused with a lesser drug.
Smith, also known as Greg Tyrone Jesus, then sexually abused the boy in a camp trailer on the property. When the boy returned home a full day after the incident, the boy’s mother took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria after she noticed that he was highly intoxicated. When talking to police at the hospital, the boy, who had panic attacks throughout the day, said he regretted putting himself in that situation.
“He basically spent the whole next day freaking out over the whole thing but having no means of transportation so as to be rescued until he eventually got home 24 hours after it happened,” Brown said.
Investigators found Smith’s DNA on the boy. He was arrested the day after the boy was taken to the hospital.
At Thursday’s hearing in Circuit Court, the boy said Smith approached him the night of the incident with a grenade and asked if he wanted him to pull it. The boy said he almost gave the nod, adding he has tried to kill himself on several occasions.
“What Greg did to me, it destroyed me,” he said. “My chest looks like an overused cutting board, and right now I’m actually so anxious I can’t even feel my toes.”
Several students have approached him at school to ask about the incident, the boy said. Some thanked him, saying they were sexually abused by Smith, as well.
“I’m not the first, but I really do hope I’m the last,” he said. “I hope you die in there.”
The victim’s mother also spoke, saying the sentence “does not come anywhere near” to being fair.
“You, Greg Smith, are the type of person I have taught my children not to be. On numerous occasions, you, Greg Smith, have chosen to do wrong toward others, especially innocent children,” she said. “This time, the child you hurt was my son.”
She added that, since the incident, she has repeatedly blamed herself. “But I know in this situation I was not to blame. You, Greg Smith, were the one who did wrong and no one else. In the end, I want you to know that you did not break us.”
Smith was sentenced to six years in prison in Columbia County in 2006 after being convicted of first-degree sex abuse and second-degree sodomy. A third-degree rape charge in Clatsop County that same year was dismissed.
In his first court appearance in the recent case, Smith used a profanity to liken the charges against him to bull feces. Smith declined to give a statement Thursday.
After issuing the sentence, Judge Dawn McIntosh called Smith a predator. “I think you are likely to do this again if given the opportunity. My goal will be to make sure you don’t have that opportunity,” McIntosh said. “I could sit here and give you a long lecture, but I’ve spent a lot of years dealing with people like you, and the reality is the chances of anything changing who you are or your behavior are slim to none. The best thing we can do is lock you up for a while and then watch you real closely when you’re out on post-prison supervision.”
The judge then turned toward the victim.
“I will tell you, it was an incredibly brave thing you did following through with this,” McIntosh said. “You stood up for what was right, and you stood up in a manner that probably has saved some other children.”