Gaffney HS substitute teacher accused of sexual battery with student


CHEROKEE Co., SC (WSPA) – A substitute teacher at Gaffney High School has been arrested after allegations of an improper relationship with a student, according to Cherokee Co. Sheriff Steve Mueller.

Kelly Jean Hawkins has been charged with Sexual Battery with a Student 18 years of age. The warrant says there was no aggravated force or coercion.

Investigators say it happened off campus and outside of school hours between Sept. 21, 2017 and April 11.

“We teach our children when you have problems and issues, go to your teachers for help. This is certainly not the role model that she should be fulfilling as a teacher,” said the Sheriff.

Sheriff Mueller says one of the sexual encounters happened at a motel in North Carolina with several juveniles and alcohol present.

“We have evidence that it occurred at a local motel, we have information that it may have occurred even in her home.”

The Sheriff says the encounters also happened at other locations – including in a vehicle and possibly at the suspect’s home – and says investigators strongly believe there are other victims.

Kelly Jean Hawkins at bond hearing

She was arrested on April 25.

The sheriff’s office is asking parents to speak with the kids to see if they were a victim or if they have any knowledge of other students being involved with Hawkins.

Bond for Hawkins was set at $1,087 and she has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Cherokee County Detention Center said Hawkins bonded out of jail around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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