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July 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Bail set at $150,000 for SPD officer accused of molestation

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Seattle police Officer Eric A. Smith, left, appears in court this afternoon via video feed from the Snohomish County Jail. (Photo by Jennifer Sullivan / The Seattle Times)

A judge in Snohomish County has ordered Seattle police Officer Eric A. Smith held in lieu of $150,000 bail in connection with the alleged molestation of the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Smith, 57, of Bothell, appeared in an Everett court this afternoon via video feed from the Snohomish County Jail, where he is being held on investigation of first-degree child molestation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Jo Blake sought $250,000 bail, claiming Smith was an “untreated sex offender.” Smith’s attorney sought a lower bail for the veteran police officer who was arrested yesterday.

Smith was ordered to turn over his passport.

The girl who told authorities she was molested for several years by Smith had allegedly told her mother about the abuse in the past, according to court paperwork.

Smith was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Monday.

The allegations came to light after the girl, who is now 12, told a teacher about years of abuse, according to jail booking paperwork released this morning by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, 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.

The girl’s mother told investigators that after the first disclosure the girl later recanted and was punished for lying. The mother told investigators she now believes her daughter might have been coerced by Smith into recanting, booking paperwork said.

Over the years, the girl told her friends and wrote notes about being abused, the booking paperwork said.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Smith has been a Seattle police officer for more than 20 years.

Seattle police personnel records say Smith was hired as an officer in 1983 and has worked as a motorcycle officer since 2002. The department says he was placed on administrative leave on June 18 when the department became aware of the Snohomish County investigation.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Bothell, molestation, Seattle Police Department

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