De’Andre Reshaud Presley (Source: SCSO)

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Deputies said a former employee at Woodruff High School has been arrested after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student.

Deputies said they began investigating on December 21 after the principal heard rumor of a coach kissing a student.

“The principal confronted the employee, who denied the allegation but immediately resigned his position at the school,” Lt. Kevin Bobo stated in an email. “After the Christmas break, the suspect came back to the school and confessed to the principal that he had been engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.”

Bobo said a special victims’ unit investigator spoke with the victim and her mother and then consulted with the solicitor’s office to determine what charge to file.

Warrants were signed on Jan. 31 charging De’Andre Reshaud Presley, 27, of Greenville with sexual battery with a student. His bond was set at $10,000.

Presley worked as the Assistant Football Coach and was a Career Development Facilitator, according to the district superintendent.

He also played in the NFL, including for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. Presley was a quarterback for Appalachian State in college and a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award.

Spartanburg District Four Superintendent Dr. Rallie Liston stated released this statement about the arrest:

“Mr. Pressley is no longer an employee in Spartanburg District Four. He had served in a non-certified staff position from June through December 2017. Administration immediately contacted a School Resource Officer and notified the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office when the matter was brought to their attention. Student safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority. The district conducts background checks on all employees and meets with new staff members to communicate the high expectations for employee conduct. Beyond that, we are unable to comment on personnel matters or matters related to the privacy of our students.” 

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