School district sued by Special Olympian's mom in sex assault case

Cornelius Davis (Source: CCDC)
Cornelius Davis (Source: CCDC)

CAYCE, SC (WCSC/WIS) - Lexington School District Two is being sued by the mother of a Special Olympics athlete who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a coach in March 2012.

The lawsuit, filed out of Charleston County, alleges the school district did not do enough to protect the woman's child from Corneluis Davis, a Brookland-Cayce High School teaching assistant who was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the case.

According to the suit, the child's mother discovered Davis was having sex with the child after a fellow Special Olympian told her about the incident.

Davis was also hit with the same charge for having sex with the same victim in Mt. Pleasant.

According to a police report, the girl said she had sexual intercourse with her teacher and counselor, Davis.

Another teacher spoke to police and said Davis came to a hotel room Friday night and said that he needed to take the girl to see her mother at a different hotel. A police report states that the following morning, the girl came back to the room and said that she had been walking around the hotel and that was the reason why it took her so long to return.

Around 11 a.m. on Saturday, another witness said that she was approached by a classmate who told her that the victim had been in Davis' room having sex with him.

During the investigation, police said they also found a series of sexually explicit text messages and photos from Davis on the victim's phone.

According to investigators, when the girl was taken to MUSC, she told the nurse that she had sex with Davis Thursday night in Cayce and again on Friday night at the Quality Inn in Mt. Pleasant.

Davis was placed on administrative leave, and is not allowed on school property.

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