Thursday, April 25, 2013
A Dorchester District 2 substitute teacher has been charged by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office with sexual battery of a student 16 or 17 years old.
William Jesse Baber, 22, of North Charleston, was charged after the student provided a written statement regarding the incident according to the Sheriff's office.
Authorities say that Baber met the 17-year-old student when he was a substitute teacher at Ashley Ridge High School. The incident report alleges he committed the offenses between Dec. 17, 2012 and April 24.
According to the report, the defendant developed a relationship with the student that led to him having sexual intercourse with the student on multiple occasions.
According to District 2 spokesperson Pat Raynor. Baber began working as a substitute teacher following the usual vetting process on Nov.9, 2012.
“He was subbing at a couple of schools until February and was out of the system for reasons unknown, but came back on April 23 to sub at Ashley Ridge,” Raynor said.
Raynor said a parent notified Principal Karen Radcliffe that Baber had been involved with a student during his previous time at the school. Radcliffe immediately contacted the Sheriff's office.
Following their investigation, the arrest was made this morning.
“District 2 has fully cooperated with the Sheriff's office,” Raynor said.
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