No charges will be filed against Richland Two school administrator accused of sexual misconduct

The parent of a Richland 2 student addresses the incident at the R2 board meeting on Tuesday.

COLOMBIA – Sheriff Leon Lott announced Friday, Nov. 19, that no charges will be brought against a Richland Two school administrator who was accused of sexual misconduct during a school board meeting that was livestreamed last week. .

“After a thorough investigation that included interviewing multiple witnesses and those involved, as well as reviewing surveillance video from school cameras, investigators have determined that the incident did not occur as described by the child and that the administrator had done nothing improper,” a Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported in a news release.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Monday, Nov. 15, after the parent of a Richland Two elementary student raised concerns about an incident involving an administrator.

On Tuesday evening, this parent spoke about the allegations during the public participation portion of the school board meeting.

“As parents, we want to believe that our children are always honest with us, but sometimes it turns out that’s not the case,” Sheriff Lott said. “However, we have a duty to ensure that any allegation is fully and fully investigated so that appropriate action can be taken where appropriate.”

Richland Two and the elementary school involved have cooperated fully throughout the investigation and have been advised of the findings.

The Voice was unable to contact the father, but WIS reporter Lauren Adams spoke to him following the inquest and WIS presenter Judi Gatson said this in a update posted on his Facebook page:

“Our reporter, Lauren Adams, just spoke to the father. He told her that he had apologized to the administrator.

“He thanked the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and said he thought it best to transfer his daughter to another school.

“He also said he was going to take his daughter to counseling and ask for advice as parents.

“The father told Lauren that he planned to conduct his own investigation to find out why his daughter knew these words/actions and to see if she had been sexually assaulted.

“To be clear, Richland County Sheriff’s investigators say their thorough and exhaustive investigation exploring all possibilities has revealed no signs or evidence of abuse.”


The following press release was issued this morning by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff Leon Lott announces that no charges will be filed against school administrator Richland Two who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

After a thorough investigation that included interviewing multiple witnesses and those involved, as well as reviewing surveillance video from school cameras, investigators determined that the incident did not occur as described. by the child and that the administrator had done nothing improper.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Monday, after the parent of a Richland Two elementary student raised concerns about an incident involving an administrator.

On Tuesday evening, this parent spoke about the allegations during the public participation portion of the school board meeting.

“As parents, we want to believe that our children are always honest with us, but sometimes it turns out that’s not the case,” Sheriff Lott said. “However, we have a duty to ensure that any allegation is fully and fully investigated so that appropriate action can be taken where appropriate.”

Richland Two and the elementary school involved have cooperated fully throughout the investigation and have been advised of the findings.


BLYTHEWOOD — A Richland 2 administrator has been furloughed after being accused of strip-searching an elementary school student, school officials have reported.

A man identifying himself as the child’s father told The Voice in an interview on Wednesday that the incident happened at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School in Blythewood.

The alleged incident happened on Wednesday November 11 according to the father who spoke to the Richland 2 School Board on Tuesday evening November 16, saying his first grade daughter was the victim of a strip search at her school .

District officials said they became aware of the allegations against the administrator after an email from the child’s father was received by school officials on Monday, November 15.

The allegations became public at a school board meeting on Tuesday when the father outlined details of the incident during the public comment period.

The district released a statement on Wednesday, saying Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said, “Richland Two does not condone any type of misconduct involving students and will always thoroughly investigate any reports of possible violations of laws, policies and procedures.”

Davis reportedly said, “I want to reassure the entire Richland Two family that providing safe, nurturing and caring environments that support quality teaching and learning in all of our schools remains our top priority,” he said. declared.

The child’s father, who can be seen addressing the board in the video, told The Voice on Wednesday, Nov. 17, that the family had yet to be contacted by Davis.

The voice was also told on Wednesday that at least some school board members were not made aware of the alleged incident before it occurred during the public comment period.

“I was completely unaware of the incident until I heard about it during the [father’s] public presentation,” school board member LaShonda McFadden told The Voice. “I don’t believe any of the board members knew about it prior to the presentation.”

Live video of this meeting is no longer available on the Richland 2 website.

The meeting video is password protected and comes with a note. “Based on the advice of the District Director of Safety and Security, the availability of live video of the meeting is currently limited to protect the identity of a minor involved in an investigation. The district is exercising as much caution as possible during this ongoing investigation.

In the prepared statement, the district said the allegations were “disturbing to hear just as they were disturbing to read in the email.”

The district is required by law to protect “everyone involved in the investigations,” Davis said in the statement. The district did not disclose which school the incident allegedly took place at.

The child’s father told The Voice that he filed a report into the incident with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, November 15.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Voice on Wednesday, November 17 that they are investigating the incident.

The Voice will update this story as information becomes available.

This story was last updated on November 23, 8:30 p.m.

Martha K. Merrill