3 agencies investigate teacher accused of sex with Special Olympics teen

Cornelius Davis (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Cornelius Davis (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Three South Carolina law enforcement agencies are now investigating a Midlands teacher and coach accused of having sex with a teenage Special Olympics athlete during a competition in Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant police arrested 29-year-old Cornelius Davis on Sunday, after the alleged victim told her mother, and later a nurse, that Davis had sex with her twice. According to the mother, the first encounter happened in Cayce, near Columbia, and the second happened at a Mt. Pleasant hotel over the weekend.

Davis' arrest has stunned people associated with the Special Olympics.

"It's heartbreaking," said Barry Coats with the SC Special Olympics. "I mean, you mention that it's embarrassing and really to us, it's hurtful. We consider our athletes part of our family."

Davis is listed as a teacher's assistant at Brookland-Cayce High School in the Columbia area.

"I've been here 25 years," Coats said. "This is a lifestyle for me. And most of our staff has been here for 10-plus years so our athletes are our family."

Davis is on administrative leave and isn't allowed on school property. He has not been charged in connection to the alleged incident in Cayce. Richland County investigators are also investigating Davis for another complaint.

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