Former KBI deputy director charged with sex crime against child

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Kyle Smith speaks at a KBI news conference on the exhumation of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. Smith used to be the deputy director of KBI before ending his tenure in December of 2013. He has been charged with a sex crime against a child. (Photo: WDAF-TV)

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against the former deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on Thursday. Kyle Smith, 57, has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interference with law enforcement pertaining to evidence.

All three charges are felonies. The sexual exploitation charge lists that Smith is accused of possessing a visual medium of a child. According to the Kansas statute he’s charged under, Smith is accused of possessing a visual depiction of a child less than 18 years old shown or heard engaging in sexual activity with the intent to arouse the offender.

At present, court records don’t indicate when he’ll make another court appearance after an initial appearance was filed by his attorney on Thursday. According to a media release that KBI distributed in September of 2011 when Smith was named deputy director, he had 30 years of experience in law enforcement.

After obtaining a law degree from the University of Kansas, Smith served six years as a prosecutor in Lyon County. After that he began his tenure with KBI, which included roles as an assistant attorney general and general counsel. He also served as a commissioned law enforcement officer and was at one time the executive director of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws in Washington D.C.

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