Former Cal Bear Sentenced for Student Rapes

Bay City News Service
Thursday July 16, 2009 - 10:54:00 AM

Former University of California at Berkeley football player Noah Smith was sentenced Wednesday to four years in state prison for sexually assaulting two female students. 

Prosecutor Patrick Moriarty asked that Smith, 23, who was a wide receiver for UC Berkeley, be sentenced to the maximum term of 17 years for his crimes, but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon said four years was an appropriate sentence, in part because Smith didn’t have a prior record. 

On June 16, jurors convicted Smith of attempting to rape a woman in March 2005 and of forcible rape and forced oral copulation for an incident on May 7, 2007. 

During Smith’s trial, two other women testified that Smith had also sexually assaulted them. 

Smith, who is from Lake View in Southern California, was a high school All-American but saw only limited action at Cal. 

According to Cal’s website, Smith played in only six games in 2004 and four games each in 2005 and 2006, catching a total of six passes for 89 yards and scoring one touchdown.