Former School Resource Officer Accused Of Sexting Teens Pleads Not Guilty
A former Columbus police school resource officer remained behind bars on Monday after attorneys said that new evidence surfaced.
Todd L. Smith, who served as a school resource officer at Centennial High School during the 2011-12 school year, pleaded not guilty in connection with having inappropriate sexual contact with two teenagers at the school.
On Monday, Smith, 49, who faces two counts of attempted production of sexually explicit conduct of a minor and one count of coercion and enticement of a minor for sexual activity, did not argue to get out of jail. The defense said that new information in the case came forward.
"(In) cases such as this, victims come out of the woodwork," defense attorney Sam Shamansky said. "I don't know why we wouldn't have heard about them by now."
The officer is accused of trying to coerce a minor to make sexually explicit videos of herself engaging in a sexual act and a sexually explicit photo of herself and send them to him.
Smith also is accused of sexting with another teenager and arranging to meet her to engage in sexual activity.
If convicted, the charges are punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison.
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