TOPEKA, Kan. -- 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.
The former third-highest ranking official in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation faces child sex charges.
The Shawnee County prosecutor filed the charges Thursday against 57-year-old Kyle G. Smith, of Topeka. County jail officials said he was released around 5:20 p.m. after posting a $15,000 surety bond.
Prosecutors allege Smith possessed a photo of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He's also charged with two counts of interference with law enforcement, alleging he tried to destroy evidence on a telephone and on a computer.
Taylor declined to provide any further information Thursday on what led to the charges.
The KBI's human resources office issued a notice Nov. 26 of last year that Smith no longer worked at the agency. It's unclear if Smith resigned or was terminated.
Smith had been deputy director for the KBI since Sept. 2, 2011. While deputy director of the KBI, Smith also served as an assistant Kansas attorney general.
He also previously served as an assistant attorney general and as a legal advisor for the Topeka Police Department.
"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," said KBI Director Kirk Thompson. "The case is now properly before the courts and, therefore, it would be appropriate for me or any other member of the agency to comment further at this time."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.