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<p>Former UF graduate assistant coach Zach Smith was charged in 2009 with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. The charge was later dropped.&nbsp;</p>

Former UF graduate assistant coach Zach Smith was charged in 2009 with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. The charge was later dropped. 

The Gainesville Police Department released photos Monday from 2009 domestic incident between former UF graduate assistant coach Zach Smith and Courtney Smith, his wife at the time.

The photos, which appear to show both Courtney Smith and Zach Smith with bruises and scratches, were obtained by Eleven Warriors through a records request.

The police report from the June 21, 2009, arrest states Courtney Smith was “crying and visibly emotional” when a GPD officer arrived on the scene. The officer arrested Zach Smith and charged him with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. Courtney Smith said she was three months into pregnancy with the couple’s child, according to the report.

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith stands for a police photo the night of her then-husband's arrest. 

Zach Smith (1)

Zach Smith's arm on the night of his arrest shows some redness. 

The charge was later dropped by Courtney Smith. The incident occured at the Smiths’ apartment in Gainesville.

Zach Smith was a member of Urban Meyer’s staff when Meyer coached for Florida from 2005-2010. He was a wide receivers coach at OSU before he was fired in July.

The photos come two days after Meyer completed his three-game suspension. At Big Ten Media Days, Meyer stated he was aware of the 2009 incident, but had no knowledge of a separate domestic violence incident that preceded the Smiths’ divorce in 2015.

The Eleven Warriors article says these were the only known police photos taken that night.

Follow Jake Dreilinger on Twitter @DreilingerJake and contact him at jdreilinger@alligator.org.

Former UF graduate assistant coach Zach Smith was charged in 2009 with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. The charge was later dropped. 

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