Woman charged with sex at SC children's home

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) - A woman charged with supervising children at an Oconee County children's home has been charged with having sex with one of them.

Deputies say 27-year-old Candice Elise Smith of Taylors was charged Monday with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Authorities say Smith had sex with a 14-year-old boy at 1 of the residential cottages at the Tamassee DAR School.

It wasn't clear if Smith had an attorney.

School CEO Dean Bare says Smith was a teaching parent, meaning she lived in a cottage with children and served as a surrogate parent.

Bare says Smith was suspended without pay during the investigation and has now been fired.

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