TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A top Kansas lawmaker is calling for legislators to look into the child porn charges that brought down the state’s third most powerful law enforcement officer.
Senate minority leader Anthony Hensely says lawmakers are stunned at the charges brought against former KBI deputy director Kyle Smith
“It concerns me that we have a person here who is third in line in command. I mean, he was deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation,” Senator Henseley told Kansas First News.
Legislators like him are stunned.
“I think it comes as a real shock to everybody because Kyle Smith has been around this building [the statehouse] and in and out of committee hearings for a long, long time,” Henseley reflected.
Henseley says it’s too early to have all of the facts. However, the fact remains that Kyle Smith is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interference with law enforecement. In short, Smith allegedly had a sexually explicit photo of a minor.
“It’s my understanding he attempted to erase this information from a computer and a cell phone,” Hensley said.
Shawnee County D.A. spokesman Lee McGowan refused to reveal which agency took the lead. However, the senator alluded that it may have been the KBI who investigated one of their own.
“I would be concerned as a legislator to see exactly how the KBI handled this situation,” Hensley questioned. “I think it’s worth investigating in the future.”
Still, the senator says he’ll reserve judgement and let the judicial process run it’s course. If Smith is convicted, the senator says he will push for answers from the top.
“That certainly would be by bringing in the director of the KBI and others to answer questions about it,” he said.
We attempted to contact Attorney General Derek Schmidt whose office oversees KBI. However, a spokesperson referred us to a brief statement which read that it would be inappropriate for the attorney general to comment.