UPDATE: Ex-KBI official pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of child

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Kyle Smith enters Shawnee County District Court on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Photo: Eric Ives/WIBW-TV

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas Bureau of Investigation deputy director has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.

Fifty-seven-year-old Kyle Smith appeared Thursday before Shawnee County District Judge Cheryl Kingfisher to enter the guilty plea. Prosecutors dropped a charge accusing him of trying to destroy evidence.

The exploitation charge alleged that Smith possessed a photo of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct in November. Smith faces up to 10 years in prison.

Smith was arrested in early February and has been free on $15,000 bond. His attorney, Thomas Haney, said at the time that the charges involved viewing a publicly available image on a website and that no child was endangered.

Haney has described Smith's departure from the KBI as a retirement.


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A plea hearing is set in state court for a former Kansas Bureau of Investigation deputy director charged with sexual exploitation of a child and trying to destroy evidence.

Fifty-seven-year-old Kyle Smith was scheduled to appear Thursday before Shawnee County District Judge Cheryl Kingfisher.

The exploitation charge alleges that Smith possessed a photo of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct in November. He is also accused of trying to destroy evidence on a telephone and a computer.

Smith was arrested in early February and is free on $15,000 bond. His attorney, Thomas Haney, said at the time that the charges involved viewing a publicly available image on a website and that no child was endangered.

Haney has described Smith's departure from the KBI late last year as a retirement.


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