SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Consideration of a request to allow bond for a doctor who treated students for a Missouri boarding school accused of several child sex crimes was continued today (1/4/22) because the defendant was not in the courtroom.

David Smock remains in custody in a jail in Boone County, Ark., where he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Greene County Circuit Judge Ron Carrier today continued until Jan. 13 a decision on a motion to allow Smock to be released on bond or on his own recognizance.

Smock, 57, was arrested on Dec. 28 in Harrison, Arkansas, not far from the Missouri state line. Authorities had considered him a fugitive for several days.

He is charged in Greene County 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.

The longtime physician who treated Agape Boarding School students, a Christian school in Cedar County, also is charged in that county with one count of sexual misconduct involving a child, four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of second-degree attempted statutory sodomy, one count of fourth-degree child molestation, and one count of felony stalking.

A Cedar County judge on Monday denied Smock’s motion for bond on those charges.