Tim Smith, former congressional aide, charged with indecent assault

Smith served 20 years as district director for U.S. Rep. Tim Holden

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Published: Sep 24 2013 02:33:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2013 06:29:04 PM EDT
Tim Smith
MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

A man who served as a longtime aide to former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden has been arrested on indecent assault charges.

Tim Smith stands accused of inappropriately touching the adult son of close friends inside his home in Muhlenberg Township on Sept. 20, 2009, according to court documents filed by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

Smith, 53, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault and a misdemeanor charge of indecent assault. He was freed on $50,000 bail.

"Mr. Smith's reputation is beyond reproach," said his attorney, Jay Nigrini. "I expect a number of character witnesses, speaking on behalf of Mr. Smith's excellent reputation, to be lined up around the courthouse. Mr. Smith looks forward to defending his reputation vigorously in court. We fully expect to prove his innocence before a fair and impartial jury."

Smith served as Holden's district director for all 10 of the congressman's terms between January 1993 and January 2013.