Four Years Ago, a Sachse Cop Molested a 13-Year-Old Girl. Now, She's Suing for $5 Million.

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Kenneth Paul Smith
Late one night in July 2009, Sachse police officer Kenneth Paul Smith happened upon a 13-year-old girl in a car with her boyfriend. When they tried to drive away, he turned on the lights and made them stop. It was around 3 a.m. when Smith arrived with the girl at her home and explained the situation to her parents. He suggested it might be good if he had a one-on-one talk with the girl, maybe talk some sense into her. The father agreed.

Smith took the girl outside and led her behind a shed where he fondled her breasts and asked her to have sex. In 2012, he pleaded guilty child molestation and was sentenced to eight years' probation. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Smith now lives in Little Elm and is unemployed.

Yesterday afternoon the girl, now old enough to file a federal lawsuit, sued Smith, the city of Sachse, and Police Chief Dennis Veach over the incident for $5 million.

According to the complaint, Smith was trailed by allegations of violence and sexual abuse throughout his decade-long law enforcement career. In 2003, while working as an officer for the Lake Lotawana, Missouri, Police Department, a female detainee accused him of sexual assault. (An investigation found no definitive evidence of improper conduct but noted that Smith had turned off audio recording equipment for 12 minutes when it was alleged to have occurred; he was fired for repeated violations of department policy.)

The suit says Smith also regularly beat his girlfriend, once breaking her foot, another time her tailbone, then, later, began threatening harm to her and her family if she refused to have sex. In another case, he was accused of choking a man.

The city of Sachse knew of the Lake Lotawana allegations when it hired Smith, the lawsuit says. It came up when the police department was screening his application but was not enough for them to rethink his employment. The background check failed to uncover information about the other allegations, which were subsequently brought up during Smith's criminal case.

We've reached out to Veach, the Sachse police chief, for comment.

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cden95
cden95

yeah this new format sucks, not only do i read the ob , but also denver westword, and phoenix newtimes. may have to move elsewhere


Ryan Thaliono
Ryan Thaliono

How do you put a price tag on rape? Who or what decides the amount of money someone gets receives they are raped? Virginity is priceless. I'm just curious? Anyone know?

Scott Strong
Scott Strong

She also deserves to know that people like this can't hurt others.

Karen Dowdy
Karen Dowdy

She deserves every penny he has and more

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Seriously.  I can't find the article about the State Fair.  Where the hell did they stick it? 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This new format stinks!  I can't find any articles.

garlanduberalles
garlanduberalles

GARLAND and SACHSE and ROWLETT type cities all have the same hiring policies as the police force in A Clockwork Orange.  Any old thug fond of rape and/or gestapo tactics will do.

Cynthia Pearson
Cynthia Pearson

The problem with this is that she is not going to get him. If she wins, the taxpayers will be flipping the bill, not the perpetrator, what kind of punishment is that for this a**? In reality he is and will not be held responsible for what he did....

ruddski
ruddski

I get the impression the parents are morons.

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

Scott you know how it goes protect your Buddies. I was swindled with the help of a Lawyer now the Judge of Court of Law for Rockwall County. I was sued by his "Partner" Scot Cockroft, and when I asked Cockroft for Discovery Brian Williams the Judge banned all discovery in the case. Corruption is common place in Rockwall County

Darren Dupre
Darren Dupre

The scary thing is that police departments everywhere are full of these sociopaths. They're a ticking timebomb waiting for their next victim to molest, assault, or commit some unwarranted act of violence against.

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

5 she should get 50 didn't the City give this Pervert any tests before Hiring him ?

ruddski
ruddski

Guy just needs a second chance

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

Pay the girl, she's gonna be messed up for the rest of her life because of this bastard.

nammer
nammer

@Ryan Thaliono I seriously doubt she was a virgin, but she still deserves a payday

garlanduberalles
garlanduberalles

@ruddski like you would say no to a cop.  telling a cop no can ruin your entire life. you have no idea how powerless and civil-rights less you truly are (unless you are wealthy/connected or the media shines its thin sliver of light on your plight somehow)

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@Alejandro Monjaras I'm guessing that the girl was going to have problems anyways as her parents were letting her go out with her boyfriend at 13 with little to no curfew.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Some 30,000 inmates died there from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition, pneumonia, etc. due to the poor living conditions. Many were executed or died as the result of brutal medical experimentation. Over the course of its operation, over 100 Dutch resistance fighters were executed at Sachsenhausen." ---Wikipedia

They need to change that awful name.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@garlanduberalles @ruddski I'm guessing you are not a parent.  Cop or no cop, you want to talk to my kid about misbehavior, you can bet you'll be sitting in front of me when you do it.  You certainly wont be leading my daughter out behind some shed in the dark.

ruddski
ruddski

Try it sometime, this isn't Soviet Russia. I've done it several times and lived.

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

@DirtyP1 Right. Because what responsible adult ever broke curfew? I'd say that's a big jump from sexual molestation from an authority figure.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  Uh-huh.  That's it.  Saxons, as in "Anglo-Saxon" are also named after Sachsenhausen. "Houses" too are named after Sachsenhausen.  Also, French Fries are named after the famous Auschwitz entrance sign "Arbeit Macht Frei".

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin You must keep that cat avatar permanently, or I'll hound and nag you to death.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference The plagues in Middle Ages Europe were a result of cats being killed because they believed they were in league with the devil.  Without cats, rodents carrying fleas proliferated and tens of millions of people died in bubonic plague outbreaks.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I figured everyone else was catting it up, so when I visited my mom this weekend I took a pic of her cat.  with the full intent of only using it here for a few days

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Cats!  Cats must be everywhere.  Fluffy, delightful puss-cats.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Umm, not taking the bait.  Dont you need to go open another can of tuna for the cats, or milk yourself into a little bowl for them to drink

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Merkin, shmerkin.  I heard they switched his medication.                                                 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Example.  How many people ever heard of the Jasenovac camp in Croatia?  Just one of 70 Nazi camps spread all over Europe.  At that camp alone, 700,000 people were murdered.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

Why do I get the feeling that Merkie isn't paying you enough attention, today.

I think you need a new catnip-mouse.

Daniel
Daniel

@ScottsMerkin @Jared Smith @DirtyP1 

The person getting head-in-a-car was probably 16.

And I would wager that she sneaked out of the house after her parents thought she was in bed. This is entirely common, or was in my day. Granted, I too found myself without head-in-a-car, but often enough I was stoned-in-a-car and eating cookie dough from a plastic tube with my hands. At 13? Maybe not, but at 14, sure.

I'd lay a side bet that her parents have warned off her at-least-16-year-old boyfriend, but to no avail because head-in-a-car. 

Of course, it's possible I would lose these bets.

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

@ScottsMerkin @Jared Smith @DirtyP1 I'm not saying it is right, but it's not the worst thing in the world. It's hardly going down the wrong path. Kids stay out late. I know I did. 

We don't know the circumstances.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Jared Smith @DirtyP1 so its cool that a 13 year old, 13, was out at night in a car with a boy?  Like this is normal behavior to you?

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

@DirtyP1 @Jared Smith You are, again, jumping to conclusions. Breaking curfew isn't "going down the wrong path." It's what kids do. And it's certainly a significant jump to assume that she was "probably" already messed up like you've suggested. But you're right, I don't know. But that's why I don't make sweeping generalizations and assume the worst.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@Jared Smith wasn't justifying the molestation, at all. I'm saying that, outside of the fact that she was molested by this cop, her parental supervision was lacking. Do you know if she was molested before this episode? Was her bf 16 or 17 or 18? My point is, she was going down the wrong road anyhow which was in response to the facebook poster(that can't even see my post) saying that she'll be messed up for the rest of her life. She probably was already. But then again, I don't know that, and you don't know that. 

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