An assistant principal at a school in Rock Hill, South Carolina allegedly used manipulation and fear to get sex from a female student.
According to reports by WBTV, Kenneth Andrew Williams, 30, served as an administrator at Northwestern High School when the alleged incidents occurred. A victim went to authorities last week and revealed disturbing details of her sexual relationship with Williams. The girl told police that her sexual relationship with Williams began when she was 15-years-old.
The student went to Williams with the hopes of seeking protection from bullies who threatened her while on campus. However, Williams proved to be the biggest bully on campus. He allegedly told the girl that he would protect her from bullies if she agreed to have sex with him. The girl agreed and the two reportedly began a sexual relationship.
Williams used other forms of manipulation to continue with the sexual relationship. The victim said that he once threatened to have her and a younger sibling taken from her mother if she didn’t have sex. On another occasion, he told her that he would make sure she received bad grades if she didn’t have sex.
After an initial investigation, police believe that Williams may have also had sex with other female students who attend the school. In 2014, there were over 780 reported cases of students who were sexually abused by teachers, according to Drive West Communications.
Teachers now have more opportunities to engage with students beyond the classroom with social media and through text. Although it’s a great way for kids to stay ahead with class work, it can be a recipe for disaster when it’s used by pedophiles who are looking to take advantage of students. Schools across the nation may have to implement a ban on the communication between students and teachers when to comes to social media and texts.
Williams has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of illegal conduct toward a child. His bond was set for $110,000.