Investigations by both the CMPD and the ICE/Department of Homeland Security began in June after evidence of illegal pornographic material exploiting a minor was uncovered.
55-year-old UNCC professor Robert Lewis Herman-Smith was connected with the crimes. Police were able to obtain a warrant and searched the professor’s home which is located in Matthews.
According to reports, Herman-Smith had been working with the school since 2008. Herman-Smith worked as an associate professor, MSW program director, early childhood mental health certificate coordinator, and a NC child welfare education network site coordinator.
The suspect was arrested on Thursday of last week. He was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Following his arrest, he was suspended from the university and his bio was removed from the website.
Since his arrest, Herman-Smith has been released on bond and is due in court on November 17 after having waived his first court appearance which had been scheduled for October 30.