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Former Ohio officer to be sentenced on sex charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former Ohio school resource officer faces prison time at his sentencing Friday for coercing sexual behavior from minors.

Todd Smith pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of using a cellphone to entice two underage minors to engage in sexual activity.

Federal prosecutors want Judge Algenon Marbley to take into consideration Smith’s cooperation with an ongoing FBI investigation. They have recommended a sentence as short as 10 years.

Smith’s attorney says Smith is a one-time offender whose long history as a law-abiding police officer also should be considered.

The 50-year-old Smith was accused of exchanging thousands of graphic text messages in 2012 with two underage high school girls at the Columbus school where he was posted.