HONEA PATH, S.C. — Authorities say a Belton-Honea Path High School football coach has been charged with sexual battery involving a former student.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office tells local media that 43-year-old Rafael Traynum of Williamston was arrested Thursday after turning himself in to authorities.
Police say Traynum is charged with sexual battery with a student and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
He is also a social studies teacher.
Authorities say a former student said she was “romantically involved” with Traynum while she was a member of the girls basketball team, which Traynum coached for about 20 years.
Anderson School District 2 Superintendent Richard Rosenberger says Traynum has been placed on leave.
Traynum’s attorney, Druanne White, told WYFF-TV that her client plans to plead not guilty.