SC assistant principal charged with sex crimes against second teen

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) – The assistant principal at a Rock Hill school accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student turned himself in Thursday on charges involving another teen.

Kenneth Andrew Williams, 30, faces six new charges, including five counts of disseminating obscene material to a person under 18 years old and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The charges stem from the first victim and another 16-year-old, Rock Hill police say.

Williams was arrested in April and charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and unlawful conduct toward a child.

The initial case involves a 16-year-old female student who attends Northwestern High School, where Williams is assistant principal, investigators say. Since the allegations surfaced, school officials placed Williams on administrative leave.

Police said the reported incidents occurred at a residence, or residences, within the city limits of Rock Hill, and not at the school or on school property.

They said that the first interaction occurred around May of 2014.

The initial victim reported the incidents to the School Resource Officer, who turned the case over to Rock Hill detectives.

According to the arrest warrant, Williams threatened the victim into having a sexual relationship with him and coerced the victim by saying he would damage her school records. He is accused of also saying he would protect her from school bullies if she did what he said.

In a separate instance, the victim reportedly texted Williams saying she was going to be beat up at noon. Officials say it was his responsibility as the assistant principal to care for the well-being of his students. The victim was hurt, as predicted, and was suspended from school.

In the aftermath of the fight, Williams reportedly grabbed the girl and said he would handle it and she yelled out that she didn’t want to be alone with him. The accusations she made during the incident sparked the police investigation.

The teenager’s mother spoke to WBTV, saying she was “devastated” by the accusations, and she felt mislead by Williams.

“My trust is just completely gone,” she said. “I thought that I found someone, you know, that could be a great role model.”

The initial teen’s mother says she believed she, herself, was developing a relationship with Williams.

“I really cared about him, I cared about his well being, I looked up to him,” she said. “He was here every day. He had a key to my house. I fed him, so I looked at it, as a relationship, but he didn’t. Now looking back, he only had one thing on his mind, and it wasn’t me, it was my daughter.”

School officials say Williams has been a employee in the school district for four years.

Williams is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.

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