Fort Dorchester High School wrestling coach Ben LaPrad was arrested Friday on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a North Charleston Police Department incident report.
LaPrad turned himself in at police headquarters and appeared before a bond judge, said police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
The judge set bail at $5,000 and ordered LaPrad not to have contact with the girl, Pryor said.
Police were called to the school by the principal, Bert Postell, who advised that he was concerned about a student leaving campus and possible inappropriate contact between her and a member of the school staff, the report states.
Postell determined that the student, a 17-year-old girl, and the staff member were most likely texting each other. He was concerned that they were meeting off campus, the report states.
The student told authorities that she had befriended LaPrad on Facebook before they began texting. The student and suspect flirted back and forth and some sexual comments were made, police said.
"He asked the victim to come to his residence during her free 3rd block and she did. While at his residence, the two kissed and held each other," the report states.
The student returned to LaPrad's residence two other times when similar activities occurred, police said.
"The victim advised that clothing remained on and that no sexual intercourse or fondling occurred," police said.
The student told police she sent LaPrad one nude picture that she believes he deleted.
Police were called to the school Feb. 21. The student told authorities that the inappropriate contact happened on Feb. 18, 19 and 21.
LaPrad, 33, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Dorchester District 2 investigation.
In July, LaPrad succeeded his father, B.D. LaPrad, as the school wrestling coach.
B.D. LaPrad led the Fort Dorchester team to two state championships. He left to take a position at River Bluff High School in Lexington.
Ben LaPrad joined the coaching staff nine years ago. He was a champion wrestler at Dutch Fork High School.
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