Stockton, Mo. boarding school doctor accused of child sex crimes

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 10:07 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 12:19 PM CST
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STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — The doctor for a private Christian boarding school that has been the focus of an abuse investigation in Missouri has been charged with child sex crimes.

A warrant has been issued for David Smock. Smock is charged with second-degree statutory sodomy, third-degree child molestation of a child less than 14 years of age, and enticement or attempted enticement of a child less than 15 years of age.

A former student of Agape tells KY3 while he didn’t have regular interaction with Smock, he is not surprised by the allegations.

”I have always got weird vibes off the man. Just from what I’ve seen, and, you know his personality and stuff,” said Cody Shrag, ”It really didn’t surprise me just what we always kind of wondered.”

According to Shrag, Smock would perform physicals on the boys at the school.

Agape Boarding School has made headlines this year because of allegations of abuse and neglect. Back in March, Cedar County asked the governor for help in investigating the school. In September, the state asked to be removed, saying there were disagreements with the local prosecutor. Three days later, five staff members were charged with abuse.

”I went through lots of physical abuse at the hands of multiple staff members at that school in the span of my three and a half years there,” said Shrag.

These alleged incidents happened back in 2018.

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