Former KBI deputy director charged with child sex crimes

Kyle Smith (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas – A former Kansas Bureau of Investigation official was charged Thursday with sexual exploitation of a child and trying to destroy evidence.

Shawnee County prosecutors said Kyle G. Smith, a former KBI deputy director, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child for allegedly possessing a photo of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct in November. He also faces two counts of interference with law enforcement, alleging he tried to destroy evidence on a telephone and on a computer.

A local jail official said the 57-year-old Smith, who lives in Topeka, was released around 5:20 p.m. after posting a $15,000 surety bond.

Smith’s attorney, Thomas Haney, did not return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment. Smith doesn’t have a listed phone number.

The prosecutor’s office announced the charges in a news release but provided few details.

KBI spokesman Mark Malick said in December that the agency’s human resources office issued a notice Nov. 26 that Smith no longer worked for the KBI. The office would not provide details, calling it a personnel matter.

“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,” KBI Director Kirk Thompson said in a brief statement released Thursday night.

Thompson added that any further comment from the agency would be inappropriate because the case is now before a court.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Smith had 32 years of experience as a prosecutor, law enforcement officer and administrator. After receiving a law degree in 1981 from The University of Kansas, Smith spent six years as a prosecutor in the Lyon County Attorney’s Office.

In 1987, Smith was appointed assistant attorney general and general counsel to the KBI. Smith served in various roles at the KBI, leaving as deputy director — the agency’s third-highest administrator — in 2007 to become the executive director of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws in Washington, D.C.

Smith returned to Kansas as legal adviser to the Topeka Police Department and joined Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office in January 2011. In September of that year, he returned to the KBI as the agency’s deputy director and continued to serve as an assistant attorney general.

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