A Missouri doctor accused of multiple child sexual offenses has been detained in a neighboring Arkansas cell after a few days full of plains, authorities said Tuesday.
David Smock, 57, whose lawyer said he provided medical care to students at Christan's residential school, was arrested at a hotel less than 25 miles from the state border Tuesday night, the Kansas City Star reported. Two warrants were issued for his arrest.
Smock is a longtime doctor working with Agape Boarding School in Stockton, a Christian school still under scrutiny by government officials after five staff members were indicted by Cedar County Prosecutor Ty Gaither in September for assaulting students.
Stockton is about 130 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri.
Smock was charged with eight counts of misconduct by the Missouri Attorney General's Office last week in Cedar County. The charges include four counts of felony criminal mischief for attempting to seduce a minor under 14 years of age; and one count of formal second sodomy or attempted sexual intercourse. He was also charged with one count of sexual assault involving a child under the age of 15, the assault of a child under the age of 17, and a first degree, according to the attorney general's office.
Smock was again charged on Dec. 23 in Greene County on formal second-level sodomy, sexual abuse of a third-grade child under the age of 14 and seduction or attempted seduction of a child under the age of 15, court records show.
All cases come from the same victim.
Craig Heidemann, attorney for Smock, told that the doctor was in Louisiana on a planned trip when he heard about the Greek County case and was planning to return to volunteer. However, he got sick as a result. his return trip and he was eventually found to have a Covid-19 at the time of his arrest, the lawyer said. "She never ran away."
The attorney general alleged that Smock “coached Juvenile by inviting him to his (Smock) home in Jerichoo Springs where he could play video games, use the gym and basketball, buy him a cell phone, give him gifts, money, and promising cars when he turned 16. ”
Heidemann said Smock operates a Stockton clinic for Agape School students who have used it for health care but clarified that Smock was not employed by the school.