Sex Charge Against Football Coach Dropped

Full story: WLTX Columbia

Authorities say they have dropped a sex charge against an assistant football coach that involved a 14-year-old female student.
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Thataintright

United States

#22 May 2, 2008
cin wrote:
She is 14 and can give legal consent... anyone want to fix the law?
She can only give consent to a male under the age of 18 - legally
ashley

United States

#23 May 2, 2008
Who really knows these days. we all know how "men" are ...but then again if you look at it, look how fast these kids, teenagers are growing up. A lot of young people are doing things that they really shouldnt be at their age...i think i lie detector test would be good in this case...cuz it really and honestly could be either one this day and age. but i do think if the girl is faulse in this, i think she should be charged or punished somehow, when you get a rep like this, it never goes away no matter if guilty or not!!

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#24 May 2, 2008
Never, Never, Never, be stupid enough to be alone with a minor. (male or female). Always have other people around when you have to meet with them for any reason. I noticed that afterschool tutors no longer will even come to your home unless the parent is present. A lot of tutoring is done at the Library. Very smart move on the Tutors part.
may b

Orangeburg, SC

#26 May 2, 2008
man look how he look yea mem need to beat yeel meat cuzz yell having sex chages and shit shit do sumthing with yell lyfe
Been There

Raleigh, NC

#27 May 2, 2008
Sick of Media wrote:
You will not publish so call victims name but you will ruin a mans life based on the word of a minor. It sucks
I could not have said this any better. The same thing happened to my son. He was completely absolved and the arrest was expunged from his record but none the less-his reputation has suffered. Nothing ever happended to the filthy little tramp who made the accusation. The police departments don't even bother to prosecute for false accusations and lying under oath to them It is up to the accused to attempt to seek restitution.

“There's no vaccine for stupid.”

Since: Feb 08

Here, there, everywhere

#28 May 2, 2008
Sounds like a Lifetime Movie Network flick.
JDidGirl

Columbia, SC

#29 May 2, 2008
Spud wrote:
If I were this guy I would sue the girl, the girls family, the police and the school district.
Just curious... how can you justify suing the police and the school district on this one? The police and school district were having to act on the word of a young girl who said that she was involved with a coach. They were just following procedure. Now... what the coach CAN hope for is that this kid's got some wealthy parents. A civil suit again her could pay off for him, but I don't see where the school or law enforcement did anything wrong.
lawman

Darlington, SC

#30 May 2, 2008
SECTION 16 3 655. Criminal sexual conduct with a minor; aggravating and mitigating circumstances; penalties; repeat offenders.

(A) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree if:
(1) the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is less than eleven years of age; or
(2) the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is less than sixteen years of age and the actor has previously been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or adjudicated delinquent for an offense listed in Section 23 3 430(C) or has been ordered to be included in the sex offender registry pursuant to Section 23 3 430(D).
(B) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree if:
(1) the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is fourteen years of age or less but who is at least eleven years of age; or
(2) the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is at least fourteen years of age but who is less than sixteen years of age and the actor is in a position of familial, custodial, or official authority to coerce the victim to submit or is older than the victim. However, a person may not be convicted of a violation of the provisions of this item if he is eighteen years of age or less when he engages in illicit but consensual sexual conduct with another person who is at least fourteen years of age. In addition, mistake of age may be used as a defense.

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#31 May 2, 2008
JDidGirl wrote:
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Just curious... how can you justify suing the police and the school district on this one? The police and school district were having to act on the word of a young girl who said that she was involved with a coach. They were just following procedure. Now... what the coach CAN hope for is that this kid's got some wealthy parents. A civil suit again her could pay off for him, but I don't see where the school or law enforcement did anything wrong.
Maybe the school and or police could have investigated the girls story prior to arresting the man and having his picture and name plastered all over the media. Had they investigated prior to arresting him maybe then they could have come to the conclusion that her credibility was questionable. That in itself would have saved the man his name.
dallas

United States

#32 May 2, 2008
what in the name of high school football ?

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#33 May 2, 2008
youre-kidding wrote:
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Maybe the school and or police could have investigated the girls story prior to arresting the man and having his picture and name plastered all over the media. Had they investigated prior to arresting him maybe then they could have come to the conclusion that her credibility was questionable. That in itself would have saved the man his name.
While I agree with everything you say, it is, unfortunately, an unrealistic expectation. The moment an accusor is questioned prior to an arrest being made, parents will be screaming "Why was he not arrested sooner?" {regardless of his guilt or innocence} It's all in the name of "protecting our children".

It is a utopian belief at best - but again, I agree something needs to be done so that innocent people are afforded their constitutionally protected right of due process (which this man was not).
Big E

Orangeburg, SC

#34 May 2, 2008
Let's all read the story again. Read the text below before we all say he/she is guilty. It doesn't mean that she lied or that he actually did it. There wasn't enough evidence one way or the other. Remember there are 3 sides to every story...Side A, Side B and the actually truth.

"Solicitor's office spokesman John Tucker says the student was the only witness and her credibility was questionable"
Big E

Orangeburg, SC

#35 May 2, 2008
oops... Actual Truth
Heath

Columbia, SC

#36 May 2, 2008
Well I guess he got away with it. Disgusting pig.
level

Florence, SC

#37 May 2, 2008
Spud wrote:
If I were this guy I would sue the girl, the girls family, the police and the school district.
excuse me but they didn't say she was a lier or hes innocent they just say the charges were dropped due to not enough evidence-witness. he probaly did thats why young teen don't come forth because they want to bring up your reputation-the way she act. i don't care no means no and stop means what STOP
Spud

Cayce, SC

#38 May 2, 2008
level wrote:
<quoted text>
excuse me but they didn't say she was a lier or hes innocent they just say the charges were dropped due to not enough evidence-witness. he probaly did thats why young teen don't come forth because they want to bring up your reputation-the way she act. i don't care no means no and stop means what STOP
Apparently she couldn't kep her story straight and when that happens it only means one thing. If there was evidence the charges would not have been dropped. Too many times the school district and police jump the gun instead of getting all the facts and investigating what happened.
Spud

Cayce, SC

#39 May 2, 2008
JDidGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
Just curious... how can you justify suing the police and the school district on this one? The police and school district were having to act on the word of a young girl who said that she was involved with a coach. They were just following procedure. Now... what the coach CAN hope for is that this kid's got some wealthy
parents. A civil suit again her could pay off for him, but I don't see where the school or law enforcement did anything wrong.
Too many times the school district and police jump the gun and make an arrest before getting all the facts and investigating what happened. The charges were dropped because the girl couldn't keep her story straight or there was not enough evidence to continue. Either way had the school district and police taken their time to question the people involved several times and taken the time to investigate they would have found there was no evidence to bring charges thus the school district and the police should be held accountable financially not to mention the family of the girl.

Since: Apr 08

Gaston, SC

#40 May 2, 2008
USA South Carolina A.O.C. 14/16 In some U.S. states a lower age applies when the age gap between partners is small, or when the older partner is below a certain age (usually 18 or 21).

Factual information from http://www.avert.org/aofconsent.htm
cin

United States

#41 May 2, 2008
Thataintright wrote:
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She can only give consent to a male under the age of 18 - legally
Please, READ it for YOURSELF
SECTION 33. Age of consent.

"No unmarried woman shall legally consent to sexual intercourse who
shall not have attained the age of fourteen years." (1999 Act No. 3, Section 1, eff February 16, 1999)
http://www.scstatehouse.net/scconstitution/a0...
Anissa

Columbia, SC

#42 May 3, 2008
Big E wrote:
Let's all read the story again. Read the text below before we all say he/she is guilty. It doesn't mean that she lied or that he actually did it. There wasn't enough evidence one way or the other. Remember there are 3 sides to every story...Side A, Side B and the actually truth.
"Solicitor's office spokesman John Tucker says the student was the only witness and her credibility was questionable"
Exactly. The article does not say why the charges were dropped. Maybe she was too traumatized. Maybe she decided she did not have the strength to testify. Perhaps she was receiving threats from irrate members of the football team. And maybe an investigation should be done to see if there are girls with similar allegations. A job at a school is an ideal thing for a predator.

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