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July 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

SPD officer accused of child molestation bails out of jail

Seattle Police Officer Eric A. Smith, who is accused of molesting his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, was released from the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday night.

Smith, who was ordered held Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bail, is expected to be charged on Thursday, according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

Smith, of Bothell, was booked into jail Monday for investigation of alleged child molestation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The allegations came to light after the girl, who is now 12, told a teacher about years of abuse, according to booking paperwork released by prosecutors. The abuse allegedly occurred when the girl was between the ages of 7 and 11 while Smith was dating her mother.

According to the paperwork, the child had told her mother about the alleged abuse on three earlier occasions.

Blake said in court that when the girl first told her mother about the abuse in 2009, the mother confronted Smith.

The mother and Smith, together, then went to talk to the girl, Blake said. Smith never should have been included in that conversation, she said.

The girl’s mother told investigators that after the first disclosure the girl recanted and was punished by her mother for lying.

The mother told investigators she now believes her daughter might have been coerced by Smith into changing her story, booking paperwork said.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: child molestation, Seattle Police Department, Snohomish County Jail


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