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July 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Felony charges re-filed against SPD officer accused of molestation

Snohomish County prosecutors filed new charging documents today against a veteran Seattle police officer accused of molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Officer Eric A. Smith, 57, of Bothell, was arrested June 30 and released the next day from the Snohomish County Jail after posting $150,000 bail.

As is standard in Snohomish County, Smith was initially charged in the county’s district court. Felony charges were re-filed in Snohomish County Superior Court today, listing two counts of first-degree child molestation and new details about the alleged sexual abuse between 2009 and 2013.

According to charging documents, the allegations came to light after the girl, who is now 12, told a teacher about suffering years of abuse. The abuse allegedly occurred when the girl was between the ages of 7 and 11 while Smith was dating her mother.

The child, when she was 7, disclosed to her mother that she was being sexually abused by Smith, but recanted after being confronted by Smith in front of her mother, the documents say.

The girl continued to reveal sexual abuse by Smith to her friends and to her mother, but it wasn’t until she notified the teacher in June that police were called and an investigation began, according to the documents.

In an interview, the girl described in detail four separate acts of molestation that occurred in Smith’s Bothell home, the documents say.

According to Seattle police personnel records, Smith was hired as an officer in 1983 and has worked as a motorcycle officer since at least 2002. He was initially placed on administrative leave on June 18 when the department became aware of the Snohomish County investigation.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole suspended Smith without pay after he was charged in district court July 3 with three counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

“As a chief, and as a parent, I am deeply troubled by these allegations,” O’Toole said in a statement issued then.

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