Student teacher facing sexual battery charges

Kendrick Roach

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A student teacher is facing sexual battery charges after an alleged encounter with a 16-year-old Stratford High School female student.

Kendrick Roach, 23 is charged with sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age, without force/coercion.

Details are limited but according to authorities, the incident happened on September 14 in a vehicle parked at Stratford High School.

According to court records, Roach was released from the Berkeley County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.  The records show he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or her family, and told to stay away from areas where minors congregate..

BCSD spokeswoman Katie Orvin issued the following statement to Count on 2.

District officials were informed by the Goose Creek Police Department that a local university student teacher interning at Stratford High has been charged in a matter involving a student. School and district officials have followed all procedures as outlined by district policy, taking immediate action upon learning of the allegation.

Please be assured that the safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. As such, we are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement as they move forward with their investigation. If anyone has any concerns regarding the safety and security of any student or employee, please do not hesitate to contact school and/or district officials.

As this is an ongoing law enforcement investigation, we cannot offer any further comment at this time.

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