A former school resource officer accused of “sexting” two separate students was indicted in federal court on Thursday.
Todd L. Smith, who served as a school resource officer at Centennial High School during the 2011-12 school year, was arrested by federal agents last month and was being held in the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Smith, 49, 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.
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. If convicted, the charges are punishable by at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison. Smith also is accused of sexting with another teenager and arranging to meet her to engage in sexual activity. The alleged crime is punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison.
A civil lawsuit was filed against Smith earlier this week. The girl who filed the claim said that she met Smith at Centennial when she was a freshman in 2011.
A Columbus Division of Police spokesman said that Smith was relieved of his duties with the Columbus Division of Police upon his arrest.
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