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Former Washington State Patrol Officer sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted child sexual abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Took steps to have sexual access to two young children; In fact, was communicating with undercover law enforcement officer

Seattle – A former member of the Washington State Patrol was sentenced to ten years in prison last week, after pleading guilty in January 2023 to Attempted Enticement of a Minor, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Trevor Smith, 30, of Marysville, was arrested in February 2021 after communicating with a woman who he believed was offering to allow him to have sex with her 6 and 11-year-old children. In reality, the woman was an undercover police officer, and the children were fictitious. Smith was arrested after meeting with the woman, purchasing condoms and traveling to the hotel where he thought the encounter would occur.

At the sentencing hearing last week, U.S. District Judge John H. Chun imposed 15 years of supervised release to follow the 10-year prison term. Smith will be required to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.

Smith was originally charged in King County Superior Court, but the case was transferred to federal court in May 2021. Smith was released on bond until January 2023. When Smith entered his guilty plea, he also was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Seattle Police Department as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Laura Harmon. Ms. Harmon is a Senior King County Deputy Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute child exploitation crimes in federal court.


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated May 5, 2023

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