SPD officer charged with child molestation suspended without pay

SPD officer charged with child molestation suspended without pay
Eric Smith

EVERETT, Wash. -- A veteran Seattle Police Department officer arrested Monday on suspicion of molesting his ex-girlfriend's daughter was charged by the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office Thursday and has been suspended without pay.

Eric Smith, 57, has been charged in Snohomish County District Court with three counts of child molestation and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. He has been on administrative leave from the Seattle Police Department since an investigation was launched two weeks ago.

According to probable-cause documents, Smith sexually abused the daughter of his then girlfriend multiple times from 2009 to 2013 while the victim was between ages of 7 and 11.

The victim told her mother of the alleged abuse when it started but recanted after Smith reportedly confronted her about her claims.

According to the probable-cause documents, the victim told her mother and others about the abuse multiple times in the following years but was ignored.

An investigation into Smith was finally launched after the victim told a teacher about the alleged abuse following a health class on inappropriate touching.

“As Chief, and as a parent, I am deeply troubled by these allegations,” Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in a press release following Smith's suspension.

Following his arrest, Smith was placed into Snohomish County Jail on $150,000 bail but has since bailed out.