Former Upstate tennis coach charged with contributing to delinquency of minor

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GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a former high school tennis coach has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office announced earlier this week that Brian Gem Garrison, 47, was wanted on the charge. 

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said Friday that Garrison was arrested and has been released on his own recognizance bond from the Greenville County Detention Center. 

Deputies obtained a warrant for Garrison, former adjunct tennis coach at Eastside High School, following an investigation into reports he gave tobacco products to a student.

Garrison also allegedly gave the student a cell phone to find a way around discipline from their parents.

Greenville County Schools confirmed Garrison was a former tennis coach at the high school.

He was employed with the school system from July 2012 until March 18, 2019. 

Beth Brotherton, a spokesperson for the school district, said Garrison worked as a substitute physical education teacher from January 1993 through April 1993, was an adjunct coach at Carolina High School from 1996 to 2001 and substituted eight days during the 2005-2006 school year.

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