|Michael Stephen Smith|
Tell us, why is it that when a police officer is convicted of a sex crime, in many cases, they get a small sentence compared to the average citizen, as in this case?
OAKLAND COUNTY - A former Royal Oak police officer was sentenced to one year in prison for the child pornography found on his home computer.
Michael Stephen Smith, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit court.
Smith, who lived in Holly, worked as a police officer for Royal Oak until he was fired in January 2012.
Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette charged Smith with 20 counts related to the pornography.
Schuette said from September 2011 through January 2012, Smith downloaded and possessed pornography on his home computer.
The images were discovered through an online investigation by the Flint internet crimes against children task force (ICA), which uses sophisticated technology to identify online child pornography in Michigan. Smith was also charged for sending images to other users through a public internet file-sharing network.
In addition to the jail time, Judge James Alexander also ordered Smith to attend sex-addict anonymous meetings, along with 5 years of probation.