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Former CPD Officer Sentenced for Sexual Coercion of Minors
COLUMBUS (Kelsey Mallahan) – Todd L. Smith was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday to seven years in federal prison and one year of house arrest, for having a sexual relationships with students at the school where he was assigned as a resource officer for the Columbus Division of Police.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the 50-year old in 2012. The investigation uncovered a relationship of sexual nature that Smith had with a 14-year-old student over text message.
“The juvenile told her parents about the relationship, and later, the juvenile expressed concerns to the FBI about what the police officer may do to her family as a result of the juvenile coming forward,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Doug Squires and Michael Hunter wrote in a court document.
Officials say Smith told the student he had a sex addiction and she could help him by having sex with him.
During the investigation, another student told FBI agents that Smith had coerced her through text messages into having a sexual relationship with him. Smith and the 15-year old exchanged more than 6,000 text messages over the course of their relationship, which lasted approximately six months.
Smith was arrested on July 26, 2012 and has been in police custody since his arrest. Smith pleaded guilty on January 17, 2013 to one count of coercion and enticement of minors for sexual activity.
Smith will serve five years on supervised release following his prison term, and will have to register for life as a sex offender.