Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published July 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM | Page modified July 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Print

Girl told teacher that cop abused her for years, court papers say

Snohomish County prosecutors filed new charging documents Thursday against a veteran Seattle police officer accused of molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Snohomish County prosecutors filed new charging documents Thursday against a veteran Seattle police officer accused of molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Officer Eric A. Smith, 57, of Bothell, was arrested June 30 and released the next day from the Snohomish County Jail after posting $150,000 bail.

As is standard in Snohomish County, Smith was initially charged in the county’s district court. Felony charges were refiled in Snohomish County Superior Court Thursday, listing two counts of first-degree child molestation and new details about the alleged sexual abuse between 2009 and 2013.

According to charging documents, the allegations came to light after the girl, who is now 12, told a teacher about suffering years of abuse. The abuse allegedly occurred when the girl was between the ages of 7 and 11 while Smith was dating her mother.

The child, when she was 7, disclosed to her mother that she was being sexually abused by Smith, but recanted after being confronted by Smith in front of her mother, the documents say.

The girl continued to reveal sexual abuse by Smith to her friends and to her mother, but it wasn’t until she notified the teacher in June that police were called, according to the documents.

In an interview, the girl described in detail four separate acts of molestation that occurred in Smith’s Bothell home, the documents say.

According to Seattle police personnel records, Smith was hired as an officer in 1983 and has worked as a motorcycle officer since at least 2002. He was initially placed on administrative leave June 18 when the department became aware of the investigation.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole suspended Smith without pay after he was charged in district court July 3 with three counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

“As a chief, and as a parent, I am deeply troubled by these allegations,” O’Toole said in a statement issued then.

Information from Seattle Times archives included in this story.Steve Miletich: 206-464-3302 or smiletich@seattletimes.com On Twitter @stevemiletich



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

Also in Local News

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Where in the world are Seahawks fans?

Where in the world are Seahawks fans?

Put your marker on The Seattle Times interactive map and share your fan story.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising

The Seattle Times photographs

Seattle space needle and mountains

Purchase The Seattle Times images


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►