$70k bond set for teacher accused of having sex with teen, soliciting another
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $70,000 for a Dorchester District 2 substitute teacher accused of having sex with a Ashley Ridge High School student.
Dorchester County sheriff's deputies arrested 22-year-old William Jesse Baber, of North Charleston, on Wednesday night and charged him with sexual battery of a student.
On Thursday, investigators also charged Baber in connection with another alleged incident with an Ashley Ridge student, this one aged only 15. He is charged with solicitation of a minor in connection with that incident.
According to court documents, Baber developed a relationship with a 17-year-old student between last December and Wednesday, which culminated in multiple occasions of sexual intercourse. The affidavit states Baber met the student while he was serving as a substitute teacher for her class.
As for the charge involving the 15-year-old, court documents state Baber developed a relationship with the student which led to "numerous Facebook messages." In several of the messages, Baber asked the student when and where they could meet with the intent of performing "a sexual activity," according to the affidavit.
Investigators said the incidents with the 15-year-old happened between late January and early April of this year.
According to DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor, the investigation began after a parent of the student called Principal Karen Radcliffe on Wednesday morning and said their daughter was having a relationship with a substitute teacher outside of school. An incident report states the relationship was sexual. The school resource officer was later called into the office and the sheriff's office was then notified.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for sexual battery of a student is five years in prison. The maximum penalty upon conviction for solicitation of a minor is ten years in prison.
Raynor said Baber's name was immediately removed from their "substitute teacher database" when the district learned of his arrest. He has also been served with a trespassing notice prohibiting him from any school district property. Raynor said Baber had worked as a DD2 substitute teacher since early last Nov. 9.
It is unclear where the alleged encounters took place. Raynor said the district personnel department was cooperating with the sheriff's office and also conducting their own internal investigation.
As of Friday morning, Baber remained behind bars at the Dorchester County Detention Center.
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