Former Dutch Fork High assistant principal facing new charges related to cocaine, marijuana, solicitation of minor

Floyd White, school photo.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Friday morning that former assistant principal Floyd White, 29, will face seven additional charges. He has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, distribution of cocaine with proximity of a school and distribution of marijuana to a person under 18.

White initially came under investigation in November after the Columbia Police Department narcotics unit received tips from Dutch Fork High students. He was arrested Nov. 29 through a collaborative effort with RCSD, CPD, and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the department, investigators determined White would excuse students from school in hopes of gaining their trust and friendship. In doing so, he was encouraging students to be truant, which is why he is facing four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The criminal solicitation of a minor charge was after he asked students to share nude pictures of themselves through Snapchat, the RCSD reported. He would ask the students to send the pictures to him, or pose as an unidentified girl willing to have sex, deputies said. Then, according to the department, after the student turned 18, he would invite them over to his house where drugs and sex were involved.

Investigators were able to corroborate through video surveillance and electronic messages that he and a (now former) teacher at Dutch Fork Middle School who was also a basketball coach at DFHS, Austin Duncan, 25, used cocaine in White’s office at least once. RCSD reported that Duncan is now facing possession of cocaine charges.

The department acknowledged that Lexington-Richland District Five and Dutch Fork High’s administration have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

Lott is encouraging any students to come forward if they feel that White ever made them uncomfortable or tried to bribe/coerce them into doing something. Anyone with information is asked to all the Sheriff’s Department Victim Service Unit at 803-576-3128.

White and Duncan turned themselves into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where they are awaiting bond.

Categories: Education, Irmo, Lexington County, Richland County

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