UNC Charlotte professor arrested on child sex abuse charges


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A UNC-Charlotte professor has been suspended by the university Friday afternoon following allegations of child sex abuse. 

“If you are teacher, you shouldn’t even be doing anything like that,” UNC Charlotte student Carter Williams said.

Robert Lewis Herman-Smith, 55, is charged with three counts of second-degree sex exploitation of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex exploitation, according to Mecklenburg County Jail records.

According to the police report, on Thursday, October 27, officers searched his home. Herman-Smith was arrested at his home. 

Herman-smith is currently listed on the college website as an instructor in the school of social work but other details about his background appear to have been removed.

We did more research and we found on his public LinkedIn page, he’s listed as the current coordinator of the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaboration at the university and works with children under the age of five.

A UNC Charlotte spokesperson tells us in a statement:

“UNC Charlotte has just been made aware of the arrest and is currently reviewing the charges.  In the meantime, Robert Herman-Smith is being immediately suspended from the university.”

Some students on campus tell me, it’s definitely unsettling to hear that a professor has been arrested.

“He’s supposed to be someone we trust and feel safe around on campus, because we all live here. So, to think that he’s doing something illegal and despicable, is crazy,” UNC Charlotte student Samantha Lates said.

“Maybe the school should do more background checks on their teachers to make sure they are not doing anything illegal,” Williams said. 

Herman-Smith remains at the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $30,000 bond. He could face federal charges now that the case is in the hands of Homeland Security.

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