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Dallas woman pleads guilty to harassing police in U.S., Canada

A former Texas Woman’s University student pleaded guilty on Thursday to making harassing calls to university and municipal police in the United States and Canada.
A former Texas Woman’s University student pleaded guilty on Thursday to making harassing calls to university and municipal police in the United States and Canada.

A former Texas Woman’s University student accused of reporting to university and municipal police in the U.S. and Canada that she was injured or a victim of crime pleaded guilty Thursday to making harassing telephone calls.

Tameira Janell Smith, 23, of Dallas pleaded guilty to three federal counts of making harassing telephone calls in 2015.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21 before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.

Smith faces a maximum of two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Initially, Smith was arrested in October on the harassment charges, but was released on supervised pretrial release.

Federal authorities re-arrested her in early June after she was accused of a assaulting a nurse at a mental health treatment center. As part of her release order, she was required to obtain mental health treatment and not to commit any new crimes.

She was accused of refusing to change into hospital scrubs and hitting a nurse in the chest. A razor blade was found in her headband at the time, according to federal agents.

The harassing calls started in May 2015 and continued until October 2015. Federal agents said Smith made at least 15 calls to university and municipal police departments including the University of Oregon, the University of Louisville and the University of Toronto.

At times, Smith would not give her name or provided a false name to police and was not even in the area of the false emergencies, federal agents said.

In some calls, Smith staged a scene, called police and waited for emergency crews to arrive.

In the calls, Smith used software that allowed her to transmit originating phone numbers that were not her own, according to court documents.

Smith was an infielder on the softball team at Texas Woman’s University in Denton at some time, according to TWU records. She was a student in the spring of 2015, but she was not registered in the summer of 2015.

Smith attended Dallas Skyline High School and Navarro College, according to records.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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