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School Resource Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges

A former Columbus cop and school resource officer has pleaded not guilty to ederal charges of trying to have sex with a high school student. 

Officer Todd L. Smith has been charged with two counts of trying to coerce a minor to make a sexually explicit video to send to him.  A third count charges him with trying to entice another minor to have sex with him.  The 49-year-old Smith has pleaded not guilty to all three charges and remains in custody. A complaint surfaced in July alleging inappropriate contact between Smith and a 15-year old girl at Centennial High School, where Smith had been assigned as a resource officer.  During the FBI investigation, the girl claimed she had been involved in a year long relationship with Smith. Smith is slated to go to trial October 22. 

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.