In a horrific case of an authority figure abusing his power, a South Carolina assistant principal has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student who came to him for protection from school bullies.
Raw Story reports that 30-year-old Kenneth Andrew Williams of Northwest High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina essentially blackmailed and manipulated a student who sought his help.
Williams allegedly “coerced the girl into performing sex acts by threatening to alter her school records and damage her academic standing.” He also promised protection from the bullying if she acquiesced to his orders.
Williams did not even help the student when she requested; after texting him that she was fearful of physical violence at school, Williams did nothing and the student was beaten up and injured. Following this incident, Williams attempted to grab her, during which she said she did not want to be alone with him, leading to a police investigation of Williams.
According to court documents, Williams threatened her in a multitude of ways. Not only did he threaten to doctor her school records, but he claimed he would “take her and her younger sibling away from her mother, to the extent that they would never see them again.”
According to the student’s mother, Williams was a close friend of the family and even had a key to the house.
These are not the first accusations of statutory rape to be leveled at Williams—WBTV notes that “the more [police] investigated Williams' past, the more apparent it became that he has a reputation among the student body at multiple schools for "’being a pedophile due to his proclivity of sleeping with female students.’"
Williams has been charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and unlawful conduct toward a child.
There are unfortunately much too many instances of administrators and teachers using their power to sexually assault students, but for an assistant principal to do so is the height of abuse.
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