Missouri residential school doctor arrested for alleged child sex crimes


HARRISON, Ark. (KYTV / Gray News) – A doctor from Stockton, Missouri, who worked at a Christian boarding school and had an arrest warrant for him was captured Tuesday night in Harrison, Arkansas.

David Smock, 57, was taken to Boone County Jail just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, KYTV reported.

He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning in Greene County.

Eight new charges against Smock were filed by a special prosecutor, including one count of sexual misconduct, five counts of legal sodomy, one count of pedophilia and one count of seducing children.

Smock also faces charges of second-degree legal sodomy, third-degree pedophilia on a child under 14, and incitement or attempted incitement of a child under 15 in County of Greene. The survey dates back to the summer of 2018.

Smock worked at Agape Boarding School, a Christian school near Stockton.

Investigators said Smock had become a “father figure” to the child victim in Agape.

Greene County investigators said Smock took the child and his family on outings and gave the boy gifts. They said the boy later moved into his home in Jericho Springs, Missouri. Investigators said he then took advantage of the boy.

Authorities said he was investigated for cruelty to children in California and sexually inappropriate behavior in Arizona. Prosecutors never charged him with a felony in either case.

The school made headlines in September after five staff members were accused of abuse.

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