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Ohio schools officer pleads guilty to sex charge

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio school resource police officer has pleaded guilty to a charge that he coerced sexual behavior from minors.

Evidence presented Thursday said the FBI discovered in July 2012 that Todd Smith was having an illicit relationship with a 15-year-old girl and that a second relationship with another 15-year-old girl was then discovered that involved Smith and the girl exchanging more than 6,000 texts.

Smith pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Columbus to one count of using a cell phone to entice two underage minors to engage in sexual activity.

A federal judge had called Smith’s alleged actions “violence of the worst sort” last year after listening to a prosecutor and FBI agent read sexually graphic text messages Smith exchanged with the girls.