A school custodian accused of sexual battery in Richmond County was also arrested on assault charges in Aiken in 2011, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Reginald Lavern Price, 44, of North Augusta, was arrested Dec. 6, 2011, on a charge of third-degree assault and battery, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. A female student at Aiken Middle School made allegations that Price touched her buttocks.
The age of the victim was not known, and Mahoney said the case was never prosecuted.
According to City Solicitor Paige Tiffany, the case against Price was dismissed in October 2012. Tiffany said there are a number of reasons why a case cannot be prosecuted but did not elaborate.
“I can’t tell you why it was dismissed. It’s protected by a statute,” she said. “There are diversionary programs that, if you complete, then the charge is dismissed. Neither the Solicitor’s Office or the prosecuting agency would be able to comment on whether he participated in it or not.”
Price is accused of hugging two girls and inappropriately touching their buttocks at a Richmond County school.
He has reportedly been fired.
Calls seeking comment on the incident on Tuesday were forwarded to Carol Rountree, assistant superintendent of student services for Richmond County. Rountree told a reporter that a statement would be sent to press organizations on Tuesday afternoon; however, no such statement was ever received.
“There has only been one statement. A brief note went to media on Saturday,” Rountree said in an email late on Wednesday afternoon.
A response requesting that statement went unanswered as of press time on Wednesday.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.