GOOSE CREEK — A former school resource officer arrested last week on a child pornography offense was previously accused of "improperly frisking" a student, according to a city spokesman.
The Goose Creek Police Department deemed the 2018 allegation against Conrad Sands Stayton unfounded after an internal investigation, said Frank Johnson, spokesman for the city. Stayton was allowed to remain post adviser for the department's Explorer program, which encourages young people to become police officers, until earlier this year.
Johnson said Police Chief LJ Roscoe was unaware of the 2018 allegations against Stayton — it was investigated and closed before she took over the department in 2019.
Stayton, 40, is accused of keeping 15 lewd photos of a 17-year-old student from Stratford High School on his personal cellphone. He was released from jail on bail while awaiting trial on charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and misconduct in office.
Stayton's supervisor, Shelly Love Ollic, was also arrested in connection to the investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division. She was charged with misconduct in office.
Ollic, 52, knew about the 2018 allegations against Stayton, state investigators say, but nonetheless allowed Stayton to spend "extended time" with a 17-year-old student in a hotel room. That incident occurred during an Explorer-sponsored event in January, authorities say.
City officials declined to release a report from the internal investigation into the 2018 incident, saying SLED asked that documents not be released while its investigation was ongoing. The Post and Courier has filed a request under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act for the report.
Stayton and Ollic are only the most recent officers to be charged with wrongdoing in connection to the police department's co-educational Explorer program, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.
In 2020, an officer admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old police explorer cadet he met on a ride-along, according to police records.
The officer was fired, but SLED declined to charge him, finding that the allegations were not criminal, according to employment records. That officer has not found another law enforcement job in South Carolina since he was dismissed from Goose Creek.
Johnson defended the program, saying Explorer has been a "wonderful way for students to learn about police work, and lay the groundwork for a career in law enforcement."
"The conduct of the former officers in question would have been completely unacceptable whether it involved the Explorer program or not," he said.
The Boy Scouts of America requires officers and other leaders involved with Explorer programs to be trained every two years. All of the department's 81 sworn officers are required to attend the Boy Scouts' training, even those that don't have direct contact with Explorers, Johnson said.
Ollic, a lieutenant, and Stayton both held supervisory positions with the program.
Ollic first became a post adviser for the Explorer program in 2004, the same year she joined the Goose Creek department, and was most recently the committee chair, the city said.
Stayton took over as the Explorer program's post adviser in March 2018, and last received the Boy Scout training in August 2020. He had been with the department since 2004 with a brief stint with Charleston County Sheriff's Office from April 2007 to September 2008, according to state training records.
Stayton and Ollic are both no longer with the department.