Christian boarding school doctor in pedophilia case should stay in jail

Smock-Harrison County Sheriff, Arkansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) – A doctor who is charged with 11 counts of child sexual abuse is expected to stay in an Arkansas County jail for now because he has COVID-19, the office said. Missouri attorney general in a court document filed Thursday.

David Smock, from Stockton, Missouri was arrested on Tuesday in Harrison, Arkansas, and has been imprisoned there since.

His lawyers have requested that he be released on bail or on his own recognizance. They claim he has health problems, no previous criminal convictions, no history of mental health problems and “can afford to pay his bail.”

A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday in Cedar County Circuit Court.

Smock is the longtime physician of Agape Boarding School, a Christian school in Stockton. He faces charges in Cedar and Greene counties.

A Greene County judge ruled last week that when Smock was arrested he should be held without bail pending trial, saying it was reasonable to believe he would not appear on a summons and that he poses a danger to others.

Schmitt argued in his motion that Smock has a long record of sexual abuse of underage boys, dating back to 1988 and stretching from California and Arizona to Missouri.

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