Officials from Richland District Two and deputies from Richland County Sheriff's Department notified the public Friday that no charges will be filed against the district administrator who was accused of sexual misconduct.
According to RCSD, the investigation included interviewing multiple witnesses and individuals involved, and reviewing surveillance video from school cameras. Deputies said the incident "did not occur as described by the child and that the administrator did not do anything improper."
RCSD began investigating Monday after the parent of an elementary student in Richland Two raised concerns about an incident involving an administrator. The parent then spoke openly about the allegations during the public participation of the school board meeting Tuesday night. Although the video was taken down by the district, it was widely circulated on social media.
“As parents, we want to believe that our kids are always truthful with us, but sometimes it turns out that’s not the case,” Sheriff Lott said. “However, we have a duty to make sure that any allegations are fully and completely investigated so that appropriate action can be taken when warranted.”
Richland Two and the elementary school involved cooperated fully throughout the investigation, according to RCSD.
Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis said, “Our district appreciates the swift response taken by Sheriff Leon Lott and the investigators who conducted a thorough investigation. District and school administrators take all reports of alleged misconduct seriously and respond quickly in launching an investigation and cooperating with law enforcement.”
District officials said they do not tolerate any type of misconduct and always fully investigates any reports of possible violations of laws, policies and procedures.
When an alleged incident of possible employee misconduct with a student is reported, the first steps in the investigative process are to place the employee on administrative leave and to notify law enforcement if the alleged incident may involve criminal activity, R2 representatives noted. They said district and school administrators are required by privacy laws to protect the identity of all individuals involved during the investigation.
"Open, honest and transparent communication is a principal practice in Richland Two. We strive to share factual information in a responsible way that supports our top priority of providing a safe, nurturing and caring environment for our students and employees,” said Davis.