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Former KBI Deputy Director Kyle Smith Sentenced With Probation For Possession Of Child Pornography

A former deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation who pled guilty to possessing a pornographic picture of a minor has been placed on three years’ probation.

Under the sentence he received in Shawnee County District Court yesterday, Fifty-eight-year-old Kyle Smith must also register as a sex offender for 25 years and continue in a treatment program.

Judge Cheryl Kingfisher said Smith was “honest” in expressing his guilt and desire to continue in a treatment program.

She initially sentenced Smith to 32 months in prison, but suspended that in lieu of probation, citing his lack of a criminal record and low risk to reoffend.

Kyle Smith declined to comment after the sentencing. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The charge involved an image of a teenage girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct. An email containing the picture was traced to Smith's KBI account after an agency secretary discovered the image and notified her superiors.