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Warrant issued after sexual assault suspect’s wife misses court appearance

Posted at 9:56 AM, Jan 15, 2019

PARK COUNTY – The woman married to Torin Smith, the ministry leader accused of sexually assaulting several children, missed her court appearance Tuesday.

Rena Smith was found guilty of witness tampering in November. She was supposed to be sentenced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Torin Smith failed to appear for amotions hearing Monday in Park County court. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday, a warrant for her arrest was issued Tuesday.

Court documents show that Smith’s wife Rena sent several emails to one of the accusers, asking that they retract their statement to law enforcement officers for the sake of the family and the ministry.

The couple helped run Praise Mountain Ministries near Lake George. The attacks possibly took place between 2008 and 2013.

A heavily redacted court documents detail a pattern of abuse that, according to at least one victim, gradually became more intense over time. One victim is quoted as telling detectives, “He made me fearful of telling anyone.”