Friday, March 29, 2013

MI - Ex-Royal Oak officer (Michael Stephen Smith) sentenced to prison (one year) for child porn on home computer

Michael Stephen Smith
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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.

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NJ45143112 said...

At a guess, I'd say that these folks get lighter sentences for a variety of reasons:
1. attempt to avoid scrutiny of the police because of his employment
2. State, instead of Federal, courts trying the case
-- more lenient sentencing
-- judge may be personally familiar with the defendant
3. Clearly, as a police officer, he was in a position to offset his sins by performing any number of positive services for the community. That should elevate him well above the average citizen that can document most of the good deeds they do (such as being a friend, parent, brother or sister, going to church, recycling, etc.). By virtue of the badge, he is automatically considered better than the rest of us...

I recently heard of an individual who admitted to molesting 2 14 year old boys and he only received a 2 year sentence. Funny, I did longer than that without having touched anyone. Is virtual reality more dangerous to society? Is the fear of the unknown far greater than the fear of the known?

Darktruth said...

Plea deal because he rolled over on others. Typical sentence for someone who turns into an informant. Also, we dont know if the images were of a 15 year old or 5 year old which should be taken into consideration.

Sue said...

I believe cops are treated less harshly than average citizens on many things, when in fact they should be subject to MORE severe punishment.

getting closer to the street said...

The police have more money to bring to the table of justice with the tax payers money, and stay on payrole longer before the convction . Keeps the budget balanced if you know what I mean . See how they even keep their retirements after time served . This is not a new practice . The paying public is just not aware of legalized crime and police union strong holds .