Former School Resource Officer Accused Of Sexting Students Pleads Guilty
A former Ohio school resource police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge that he coerced sexual behavior from minors.
A federal judge had called Todd Smith's alleged actions "violence of the worst sort" last year after listening to a prosecutor and FBI agent read sexually graphic text messages Smith exchanged with two 15-year-old girls at a Columbus high school.
"Todd Smith's job was to protect the public and those children, and he violated that trust," said Doug Squires, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
An FBI agent told the court that investigators first became of the crime on July 2.
Agents said Smith told one of the teens he had a "sex addiction" and she needed to help him by having sex with him.
The FBI said the other teen performed a sex act on Smith in his office at school.
The FBI said in less than a month, Smith exchanged six thousand text messages with an agent posing as one of the victims.
"Parents need to be aware that adults can reach out to their children via those electronic devices they're carrying around in their backpacks and pockets," added Squires.
Smith pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbus to one count of using a cell phone to entice two underage minors to engage in sexual activity.
Smith is facing a minimum of 10 years behind bars, but the judge has the option of sentencing the former police officer to life in prison.
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