A former Raleigh Montessori school teacher has had more charges added to the 20 felony sex charges already pending against him.
American Lens originally reported that Nicholas Conlon Smith, 36, was arrested on November 7th and charged with 16 felony counts of statutory rape with a 14 year-old girl and 4 counts of felony sex offense with a student. Those charges stemmed from alleged incidents that occurred between August 2011 and June 2012.
In November, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Christy Joyce told the court that a second victim has been identified and more charges were likely to come.
New charges did emerge and the former Raleigh Montessori teacher now faces additional child exploitation charges after sexually explicit images of female students were found on his home computer.
Smith has been charged with 13 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The arrest warrant served on Smith states that he is accused ‘encouraging and coercing’ a young girl to take nude pictures of herself and then send the images to him.
The additional charges bring the total to 33 sexually related felony counts against Smith.
According to law enforcement, the images were taking in 2011 and in 2012. The female students in question were between the ages of 14 and 15 at the time and were partially nude in the images.
“It is devastating to learn that one of our teachers has been charged with such serious crimes. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. The Montessori School of Raleigh remains committed to protecting and supporting our students during this difficult time,” wrote The Montessori School of Raleigh in a statement.
The bond set for Smith was raised from $1 million to $2 million by the presiding judge in Raleigh in November.
Nicholas Smith is the 49th teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since January.