Goose Creek High School assistant principal accused of sexual relationship with student resigns

Paul Herman appears for his bail hearing Wednesday morning in Berkeley County.

A Goose Creek High School assistant principal has resigned from his post amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, district officials reported Friday.

Paul Jette Herman, 36, of Cicadas Song Drive in Moncks Corner was charged Tuesday with one count of sexual battery with a student, without aggravated force or coercion — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He had a bond hearing Wednesday morning in Berkeley County and Judge James Polk granted a personal recognizance bond of $100,000.

A statement released Friday by Berkeley County School District’s Superintendent Rodney Thompson announced that Herman had resigned and that the district was fully cooperating with a Sheriff’s Office investigation.

“We are very limited in these circumstances as to what we can say publicly because there is an ongoing criminal investigation,” Thompson is quoted in the statement as saying. “However, I wish to make it clear that the wellbeing and safety of all students is a top priority of the District. Under no circumstances does the District condone or tolerate any inappropriate conduct between its employees and students.”

Herman was a Mount Pleasant police officer from 2001 to 2005, according to state Criminal Justice Academy records. He then taught at Cross High School in Berkeley County from 2005 to 2012 before becoming an assistant principal at Goose Creek High School, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Goose Creek High School’s website listed Herman as principal of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Academy. He was placed on administrative three days before his resignation was announced.

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