Bruce Smith, 53, currently a Boston Police sergeant and detective in Jamaica Plain's District E-13, pleaded guilty today to repeatedly making false statements that let him carry his gun on personal plane trips and get a friend around security screenings at Logan Airport, the US Attorney's office reports.
As part of his plea deal, Smith, a Randolph resident, agreed to resign from the police and pay a $7,500 fine. He now faces a sentence of up to a year of probation, which, if the judge is feeling particularly ill disposed toward him, could include home confinement.
Smith was arrested in June on formal charges of making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and unlawfully entering a secure airport area with intent to evade security requirements for 28 flights out of Logan on which he claimed to be on official business, which let him bring a gun onboard. He was not on official business for the flights. For two of the flights, Smith also used his alleged official status to get a friend around security:
Smith falsely claimed that his friend was a “dignitary” under Smith’s official police escort. When questioned by TSA security personnel as to what type of dignitary his friend was, Smith falsely replied, “I am not at liberty to divulge that information.” In fact, Smith’s friend, who has a criminal record, is not a dignitary, but a mobile HIV clinic operator.