Dad 'lunges' over court barriers to punch pedophile during sentencing
On Wednesday, August 22nd, a father-of-four was arrested in a courtroom after leaping over barriers in order to punch a pedophile who had abused two of his daughters.
Kevin Smith, a 45-year-old US navy veteran, has been held on misdemeanour charges of obstructing governmental or judicial administration, fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct following the attack on 40-year-old Donald Biggs, a youth pastor.
Biggs had admitted to charges of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity back in February, and was previously found to have been in possession of secret camera recordings of approximately 36 teenage victims. His crimes only became apparent after it was discovered that he had sent inappropriate texts to a 14-year-old girl.
A GoFundMe has been set up by Jacob Elkin, a friend of Smith's, and a description on the page gives more details on exactly what happened earlier this week:
"[On] Wednesday August 22nd at 11 am there was a final sentencing for Donny Biggs, an ex youth pastor that has been convicted for only one of several counts of child pornography.
"This man used his power and took advantage of middle school and high school aged girls by hiding video cameras and filming them using the restroom or taking showers. Several girls have been hurting for almost 4 years as Donny has continued to push this out (changing lawyers, and anything he could to stay in county not prison.)
"Long story short: Kevin (father of two of the victims) did what every person in that room wanted to. He flew like the man of steel himself and punched Donny square in the face and continued to beat him until police pulled the two apart.
"In all seriousness, Kevin has brought a little piece justice and helped all these victims feel better. I am starting this go fund me to cover any charges he may face and just a good ol thanks for being a hero! Please donate to this great man!"
"I just wanted to set something up to kind of relieve some of the tension from it and really get something going for him so that they can hopefully pay all this off," Elkin said.
"And of course you know, never really a proponent for violence but I felt like in this situation it brought a little bit of relief to all those girls who’ve been in this situation for years. For those who have had a hard time with that, I felt like it was a little piece of justice today as harsh as that may sound. It felt good."
At the time of writing, the GoFundMe has surpassed its $5,000 goal and is currently at $6,615 - enough to help with Smith's bail costs.
Meanwhile, the disgraced youth pastor faces up to 16 years behind bars for his crimes - and that's not including the pornography charges and other transportation charges, which were dropped as part of a plea deal.