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Man who claimed to be the Spokane Spanker has been arrested

UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

The man who claimed on Wednesday to be the Spokane Spanker, responsible for a string of assaults along the Centennial trail, has been arrested. (Courtesy of KHQ video)
The man who claimed on Wednesday to be the Spokane Spanker, responsible for a string of assaults along the Centennial trail, has been arrested. (Courtesy of KHQ video)

A man who claimed credit for a string of bizzare assaults along the Centennial Trail, in which multiple women were slapped on the backside by a stranger as they walked or jogged, has been arrested.

The self-proclaimed “Spokane Spanker,” 28-year-old Jonathan Lee Smith, has been booked into the Spokane County Jail on 11 counts of assault with a sexual motivation. The charges are misdemeanors.

Smith walked into the downtown KHQ studio on Wednesday to admit to slapping nearly 50 women. In his five minute confession he said that he slapped women “to be daring and mischievous, but not malicious.”

“I saw women’s butts that I liked, and I slapped them for the thrill,” he said.

Smith offered to let his victims slap him in the face in retribution.



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