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Teacher accused of sexually exploiting children ordered to stay away from minors

Central teacher in court in child porn case

Macon teacher Robert Anthony Smith, 43, appeared in court in Dec. of 2017 where was ordered to stay away from children as a condition of his $25,000 bond on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.
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Macon teacher Robert Anthony Smith, 43, appeared in court in Dec. of 2017 where was ordered to stay away from children as a condition of his $25,000 bond on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

A Bibb school teacher accused of possessing child pornography was ordered Saturday to stay away from small children.

Central High School special education teacher Robert Anthony Smith appeared in Bibb County Magistrate Court on 11 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children.

Judge Barbara Harris set his bond at $25,000, provided he agree to avoid any contact with victims or any minor child and not have a gun in his possession.

“Although you didn’t have any violent contact with any of the children involved ... you’re not to threaten to disturb the peace of the victims or members of (their) family,” Harris told Smith.

The 43-year-old educator is on administrative leave from the Bibb County School System after he was arrested Friday.

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Robert A. Smith

Homeland Security investigators found videos of child pornography on a personal computer that allegedly belongs to him.

Smith’s attorney, Charles Cox, asked for a commitment hearing, which Harris set for Dec. 18.

To secure the arrest warrant, Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Tania Clausen testified that Smith had at least 11 videos containing child pornography on a personal computer.

The videos included underage boys and girls having sex with other boys and girls and also with adult men, the warrant said. Several videos contained footage of underage girls performing sex acts on a male adult.

So far, investigators have found no evidence of inappropriate material on Smith’s district-issued laptop, school spokesperson Stephanie Hartley said.

Smith posted bond and was released from jail about two hours after he left the courtroom Saturday afternoon.

Smith, who lives in Macon, worked as a substitute teacher for the Bibb school district from 2012-2016 before becoming a full-time teacher last year.

Telegraph staff writers Laura Corley and Stanley Dunlap contributed to this report.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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