Smith’s attorney: No child was in danger

Kyle Smith mug shot
Kyle Smith mug shot

Official Kyle Smith Complaint

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT/AP)According to the official complaint, former Kansas Bureau of Investigation deputy director, Kyle Smith has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interference with law enforcement.

Smith allegedly possessed one sexually explicit photo of a minor sometime between November 7, 2013 and November 15, 2013. During that same time he allegedly tried to conceal, delete. or alter the evidence on both his phone and a computer.

Smith’s Attorney, Thomas Haney told Kansas First News his client never had any personal contact with a minor.

The KBI announced his departure on December 9, 2013 but didn’t give a reason.

Kansas First News asked both Haney and Shawnee County DA Spokesperson, Lee McGowan if Smith was under investigation while he was still an employee with the KBI. Neither would comment.

Kansas First News also asked McGowan if the photo was connected to a past investigation of Smith’s to which he replied, “Not that I am aware of.”

Kansas First News attempted to contact Attorney General Derek Schmidt whose office oversees the KBI but a spokesperson referred us to this official statement.

“We are saddened and disappointed that a past employee of the Kansas bureau of Investigation is alleged to have committed the acts charged today by the Shawnee County District Attorney. The case is now properly before the courts and, therefore, it would be inappropriate for me or any other member of the agency to comment further at this time.”

Smith bonded out of jail Thursday night.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The attorney for a former Kansas Bureau of Investigation deputy director charged with sexual exploitation of a child says no child was ever in danger.

Thomas Haney told The Associated Press on Friday that his client, 57-year-old Kyle G. Smith, isn’t accused of approaching, touching or having any communication with a child. Haney says the charge involves claims that Smith looked at an image.

Smith was charged Thursday with one count of looking at a sexually explicit image of a child. He also faces two counts of interference with law enforcement, alleging he tried to destroy evidence on a telephone and on a computer.

Haney says Smith’s first court appearance will likely be scheduled in April when the case appears on a criminal assignment docket. Smith is free on bond.

 

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