An FBI employee was arrested in Utah last week on multiple charges of sexually abusing children.
Police arrested 65-year-old Robert Alexander Smith last Wednesday at his home in Stansbury Park and booked him into the Tooele County Jail. He is being held without bail.
According to KSLTV, the county sheriff’s office interviewed up to five young girls who claimed to be victims of Smith.
Smith is facing four 1st-degree felony 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.
“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 agency said in a statement.
It was unclear what Smith’s exact responsibilities were at the FBI.
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According to court documents, Smith was arrested after a young girl told her mom in June that she wanted to talk about something “very uncomfortable.” She said that on multiple occasions, Smith had forced her to touch him inappropriately under his clothes in 2020.
Interviews were then conducted with the girl, as well as four other girls who said Smith had engaged with them in inappropriate ways. One of the girls said Smith forced her to do the same thing as he did with the first victim, and three other girls said Smith had touched them inappropriately under their clothing.
The arrest report states that Smith “occupied a position of special trust as it pertains to the victims in this case.”
The alleged abuse occurred at Smith’s home in Stansbury Park at the time. He now resides in Tooele, according to court records.
Smith was arrested Wednesday and charged in court the following day. He was ordered to be held without bail.
A spokesperson with the FBI’s Salt Lake City Division told FOX 13 News they were aware of Smith’s arrest and that the agency takes “allegations of misconduct very seriously.”