The former spokesman for the Kansas Bureau of Investigations has been charged with several felony counts, including a child sex crime.
Kyle Smith, 57, of Topeka, was charged in Shawnee County District Court. He posted a $15,000 bond within an hour of being jailed Thursday.
KCTV5 attempted to reach Smith at his residence, but was unsuccessful.
Authorities released few details about the crimes in which Smith is accused of. He was deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the agency's spokesman. He abruptly left the agency in November.
The complaint was filed Thursday and it was immediately sealed so the media and public cannot review it.
In a news release, District Attorney Chad Taylor said Smith has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interference with law enforcement.
According to court records, Smith possessed "visual medium of child." He also allegedly destroyed evidence on a computer and telephone.
Kirk Thompson, the director of the KBI, said in a written 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."
Smith has been in law enforcement for decades.
According to a 2011 news release from the KBI, Smith received a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1981. He served for six years as a prosecutor in the Lyon County Attorney's Office. He joined the KBI in 1987 as assistant attorney general and general counsel. In 1990, he joined the narcotics strike force unit and became a law enforcement officer.
He left the KBI in 2007 to become the executive director of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws in Washington, DC. He returned to Kansas as legal advisory to the Topeka Police Department and spokesman. He returned to KBI in 2011 as deputy director as well as assistant attorney general for the Kansas Attorney General's Office.
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