“I have been friends with Mitchel Smith for about 10 years. He is always welcome in my office,” says Kenosha’s top cop, Sheriff David Beth in a letter to Kenosha Judge Gerad Dougvillo. This letter was authored to help reduce the bond of a Kenosha man who has been charged with 20 serious felonies related to the drugging and raping of a 14 year old child. Smith is currently being held on a $35,000 cash bond. He has been in the Kenosha Jail since June 2 of this year. The Sheriff later elaborates, “Mitchel’s initial intimidating appearance and possible demeanor caught me off guard at first…I completely trust Mitchel and am glad that even in a small way, he is part of my life.”
Smith is a convicted felon and has a very lengthy criminal history that includes arrests and convictions for sexual assault, burglary, false imprisonment, and other violent and dangerous crimes. He spent at least 4 years in prison. You can read the Wisconsin Department of Justice’ criminal history file on Smith here. Even with all of this, Sheriff Beth thinks Smith should be out on the streets until his trial. We reached out to Sheriff Beth and the department’s public information officer, Sgt. Christopher Hannah told us “The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department does not have a comment regarding this topic.”
The current allegations against Smith can be read here and are extremely graphic and as bad as one can imagine. On August 26, the no-nonsense judge Gerad Dougvillo denied the defense’s motion. Dougvillo, who is new to the bench here in Kenosha, is universally seen by many defense attorneys as a very fair judge – to both sides.
Smith is scheduled to go to trial March 3, of 2022.
If convicted, he faces hundreds of years behind bars and a lifetime registry as a sex offender.
Below is the letter the Sheriff wrote: