Deputies: school janitor tried to lure student with love letter

By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

HARLEYVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Four days after his arrest, 50-year-old David Williams remained steadfast in his innocence. "I'm innocent about everything I do," said Williams.

Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies said they have the goods on Williams, though. Detectives said Williams was working as a janitor at Harleyville Ridgeville Elementary School when he allegedly tried to get an 11-year-old girl, a fifth grader, to come to his home.

Investigators said Williams was waiting for the girl outside a school bathroom on Dec. 11. When she came out, they said he blew her a kiss and then handed her a three-page letter. Authorities said the letter stated, in part, that Williams knew she was too young and that her family would not approve of the relationship at first.

In the letter, Williams also allegedly told the girl that he owned his own home and gave her directions to his house, said deputies. He apparently told her to hide the letter, and that he knew it wasn't right what he was doing.

Investigators said the girl gave the letter to her grandmother who called authorities. Williams said he did nothing wrong. "Nothing happened, nothing, no comment," said Williams.

Some parents whose kids attend Harleyville Ridgeville Elementary didn't know about the janitor's arrest; the school did not issue a statement to the families of students.

"I think it's disgusting. I've seen the guy around here before. It's disgusting, should be locked up for a long, long, long time," said Rick Kennedy.

"I have a little boy, so I could just imagine if it was my child, but we haven't heard anything about it," said parent Bobbie Carson.

Williams is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He has been freed on a $20,000 bond. Dorchester School District Four Superintendent Dr. Jerry Montjoy said the district does background checks on all employees, and Williams had no criminal record.

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