FBI employee arrested on charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child
Stansbury Park, Utah: 65-year-old Robert Alexander Smith was arrested on Wednesday, August 24 on four counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child.
Earlier today he was released from custody at the Tooele County Sheriff's Office on a "general release" according to the VINE records. According to KSTU he had been ordered to be held without bail during his initial court appearance on Thursday, August 25.
In a statement obtained by KSL-TV, the FBI stated, "We are aware of the arrest of an FBI employee. The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. As such, the incident has been referred to the FBI's Internal Affairs Section. We cannot comment further on an ongoing personnel matter."
The Tooele County Sheriff's Department began investigating Smith on June 17, after a 9-year-old girl approached her mother the previous week saying she wanted to talk about something "very uncomfortable."
During that conversation, and subsequent conversations with individuals at the Children's Advocacy Center, she disclosed that on multiple occasions in 2020 Smith had allegedly forced her to touch him inappropriately under his clothing. At the time, she was just 6 or 7 years old.
KTVX reports that after the youngest girl told her mother of the abuse the mother approached her 17-year-old step daughter, 14-year-old daughter, 14-year-old step-daughter, and 12-year-old daughter, and asked each of them if there had been any inappropriate contact. According tot he probable cause statement, each of the girls "started crying."
In total, five different girls were interviewed about possible abuse by Smith.
"Mr. Smith occupied a position of special trust as it pertains to the victims in this case," court documents obtained by KSL-TV stated.
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