River City Science Academy*

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A charter school security guard has pleaded not guilty to charges he molested two students at the school...

He's accused of taking two students in April to an office at the River City Science Academy, locking the door, turning off the lights and fondling them...

Smith faces two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of battery...

He was hired by the school in August.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a man who was supposed to protect students at River City Science Academy is now accused of hurting them. 33-year-old Ronald Smith Jr. was a security guard at the school. He is in jail for molesting two girls there.

"You face two counts of lewd and lacivious molestation and one count of simple battery," said the judge at the Pretrail Detention Center.

The girls told the person who reported Smith that he locked them in an office at the school, turned off the lights, and fondled them. "I am shocked by it, and you wonder how they could hire someone like that," said Nancy Trahan...

"Being he was in such a high position, he is very friendly with all the students, but would never stoop that low." Ronald Smith was given a $170,000 bond. His next court date is May 11th.

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