ROYAL OAK, Mich. -

A Royal Oak Police Officer charged with possession and distribution of child pornography will stand trial.

Michael Smith, 41, is accused of downloading and possessing child pornography on his personal home computer between September 2011 through January 2012.

Smith allegedly distributed some pornographic images to other users through a public Internet file-sharing network.

Smith resigned from the Royal Oak police force in January. He was a 12-year veteran and has no criminal record.

If convicted, Smith could face eighteen years in prison.