The father of two children abused by a youth pastor faces assault charges after he leaped across a courtroom and punched the defendant, Donald Courtney Biggs.
Kevin Patrick Smith, 45, was arrested on misdemeanor charges for obstructing governmental or judicial administration.
However, supporters have raised more than $3,500 to cover the legal fees associated with the fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges following the attack, reports WJBK.
Biggs, 40, was sentenced Wednesday in Medford, Oregon’s US District Court after pleading guilty to taking a 14-year-old girl on a church trip with the intent to film her getting out of the shower in March 2013, reports KTVZ.
An investigation revealed the pastor had hidden camera recordings of minors and adults undressing in the bathroom at his home. He also installed recording devices in bathrooms on church retreats in Southern California.
During the sentencing hearing, which lasted more than two hours, several of the victims read impact statements, reports Mail Tribune. One victim said that she still suffers from panic attacks.
Others had tearful messages for the defendant.
Meanwhile, Smith, who is the father of two of the victims, attacked Biggs.Jackson County Jail
He was arrested and taken into custody following the assault. His friend launched a GoFundMe titled “Hero Punches Pedophile” to assist Smith with his legal expenses. The description read:
A heroic figure, a true man of justice […]
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.
Smith was held on a $12,500 bail at the Jackson County Jail.
In the wake of the courtroom altercation the judge resumed Biggs’ sentencing Thursday.
He’ll spend 15 years and eight months in prison, reports KDRV.