A former Columbus school resource officer was sentenced Friday for coercing sexual behavior from minors.
Todd Smith pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of using a cellphone to entice two underage minors to engage into sexual activity.
A judge gave Smith seven years behind bars and one additional year of house arrest. He will also be on probation five additional years.
The judge told Smith that he had a "voracious sexual appetite" and that he "robbed both young women of their youth."
Federal prosecutors wanted Judge Algenon Marbley to take into consideration Smith's cooperation with an ongoing FBI investigation. They had recommended a sentence as short as 10 years.
"The kind of information that Todd Smith gave us was quality information. I can't comment specifically. It was significant enough that it led to today's sentence," said Doug Squires, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Smith, 50, was accused of exchanging as many as 6,000 graphic text messages in 2012 with two underage high school girls at the Columbus school where he was posted. He also engaged in sexual activity with the girls.
"This whole thing is my fault. I accept full responsibility. I pray nightly (the victims) come through with no scars. To my family, I've embarrassed you. I've embarrassed myself, and I'll forever carry that burden, and I'm very sorry," Smith stated in court on Friday.
The judge also told Smith the girls suffered wounds that won't easily heal.
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