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Missouri school doctor arrested in Arkansas on abuse counts

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Posted at 7:13 AM, Dec 29, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri boarding school doctor accused of several child sex crimes has been taken into custody in Arkansas. The Kansas City Star reports authorities said 57-year-old David Smock was captured Tuesday night in Harrison, Arkansas, not far from the Missouri border. Smock's attorney says his client had not been on the run but was returning to Missouri when he was arrested. Smock is the longtime physician at Agape Boarding School. The Christian school remains under scrutiny after five staffers were charged in September with assaulting students. Smock has been charged in two Missouri counties with sodomy, child molestation, sexual misconduct involving a child, and enticement or attempted enticement of a child, among other charges.