GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–A student PE teacher has been charged with the sexual battery of a 16-year-old female Stratford High School student, according to Major John Grainger with the Goose Creek Police Department.
Police arrested Kendrick Roach, 23, on Monday. With his attorney present, officers say he turned himself into GCPD investigators where he was then transported to the Berkeley County Detention Center.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 14th in a vehicle parked at Stratford High School.
Police say the victim and a witness told authorities that Roach approached them before the B-team and JV football game several weeks ago while they were sitting in the driver seat and the front passenger seat of the victim’s car. Both girls reported that Roach “scooted” over to the victim as he entered the vehicle.
The victim said Roach then proceeded to place his hands down her pants and inappropriately touch her. According to the victim, when she told Roach to stop, Roach removed his fingers from her genital area and told her to perform a sexual act on him.
The victim reportedly told Roach “no.”
“They informed Roach that they needed to leave, at which point he got out of the vehicle and both girls departed the scene in vehicle,” read the police report.
School officials advised police that they checked school video surveillance and Roach is, in fact, seen entering the rear passenger area of the vehicle with the victim at the date and time indicated by both the victim and the witness.
School officials also told police that the victim stated that Roach had also been sexually assaulting her while in gym class over the past several weeks which included reportedly grabbing her buttocks and throwing at basketball at her rear end.
The Berkeley County School District has issued the following statement:
Please be assured that the safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. As such, we are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement as they move forward with their investigation. If anyone has any concerns regarding the safety and security of any student or employee, please do not hesitate to contact school and/or district officials.