TROY —Allen Smith, 67, of West Milton, entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Last week, Smith was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of second degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and five counts of fourth degree felony pandering obscenity.
Judge Christopher Gee set Smith’s bond at $250,000, according to court records.
According to Troy Police, an investigation began on Sept. 21 when a mother of a 14 year-old girl reportedly found messages on a cell phone between Smith and the minor.
According to a press release from Detective Chris Tilley, during the investigation several other illegal activities involving minors were discovered which subsequently led to the grand jury indictments.
On Tuesday, Det. Tilley said the mother of the local teen found messages being exchanged between her daughter and Smith through an app called “KiK” a video voice messaging social media application.
Tilley said Smith had several messages in various states of exchange with both local and out of state users. A search warrant seized Smith’s cell phone and lap top computers for the investigation.
Tilly, a member of the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, said the detective division is still waiting on information being extracted from the devices to determine if more charges will be filed.
Smith was a former educator in the Milton-Union School district. He was the principal of Milton-Union High School from 1992-2001, according to the school’s website. He was formerly employed as a curriculum supervisor with the Miami County Education Service Center. According to the Superintendent of the Miami County ESC Tom Dunn, Smith resigned unexpectedly in September. Dunn said Smith’s job at the ESC did not involve any contact with students.
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