A former Kansas Bureau of Investigation deputy director has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.
Kyle Smith, 57, appeared Thursday before Shawnee County District Judge Cheryl Kingfisher.
The exploitation charge alleged that Smith possessed a photo of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct in November. He was also accused of trying to destroy evidence on a telephone and a computer, but the state agreed to dismiss those charges.
Smith was arrested in early February. His attorney, Thomas Haney, said at the time that the charges involved viewing a publicly available image on a website and that no child was endangered.
Haney has described Smith's departure from the KBI late last year as a retirement.