TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) The former third-highest ranking official in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was free on bond Thursday night, facing a child sex charge.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced Thursday that 57-year-old Kyle Smith was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interfering with law enforcement - preventing or hindering evidence.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith had a computer image of a child under eighteen engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He then allegedly tried to destroy his phone and computer to hinder the investigation.
Smith was being booked into the Shawnee County Jail Thursday afternoon and released on $15,000 bond less than 45 minutes later. He is due back in court April 3 for a docket appearance.
In a law enforcement career spanning three decades, Smith became the face of the KBI, making their case on issues from the launch of the Kansas Amber Alert, to cracking down on meth producers and, as recently as last September, shoring up the Hard 50 sentence during a special legislative session.
Smith's employment as deputy director of the KBI ended November 26th without explanation.
After news broke of the arrest, KBI Director Kirk Thompson released the following statement:
We are saddened and disappointed that a past employee of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is alleged to have committed the acts charged today by the Shawnee County District Attorney. The case is now properly before the courts and, therefore, it would be inappropriate for me or any other member of the agency to comment further at this time.
In addition to his tenures at the KBI, Smith also previously served as an assistant attorney general and as a legal advisor for the Topeka Police Department.
Taylor declined to provide any further information Thursday on what led to the charges.