Last week, a Utah man and Federal Bureau of Investigation employee was arrested by authorities for allegedly sexually abusing five children, according to local news outlets.
65-year-old Robert Alexander Smith was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, four class-A misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child and two class-B misdemeanor counts of lewdness, according to Fox 13 News Utah. He was booked in the Tooele County Jail without bail.
In June, a girl filed a complaint reporting that Smith had touched her inappropriately multiple times, and had forced her to touch him sexually in 2020, according to KSL TV. The girl was 6 or 7 years old at the time.
In addition, four other girls who ranged in age from pre-teen to teen reported alleged abuse and became emotional or cried while disclosing the incidents, Fox 13 reported.
All of the girls alleged that he touched them inappropriately, with some reporting that he touched their genitals, KSL TV reported. Three girls said he touched them under their clothing, while two were allegedly forced to touch him.
“Mr. Smith occupied a position of special trust as it pertains to the victims in this case,” an affidavit of probable cause read. “He was described as a caregiver and was said to have authority over the girls.”
The abuse occurred at the home of Smith in Stansbury Park. Smith’s role with the FBI was not immediately clear, but the FBI issued a statement confirming that one of their employees had been arrested.
“We are aware of the arrest of an FBI employee,” the FBI said in a statement to KSL TV. 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.”