Anthony Jenkins being transported between facilities on Monday (July 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Anthony Jenkins (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The founder of Spartanburg Preparatory Academy and an Upstate basketball coach is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, according to Spartanburg County deputies.
Anthony Jenkins, 50, was arrested Monday, charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16. Deputies said Jenkins is accused of sexually assaulting the victim when the victim was between 14 and 18 years old.
Deputies said Jenkins trains students from all over the world and has hosted students at his home while they were training.
"He's a private coach, he was coaching here at the YMCA in Spartanburg," said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. "He has a lot of people that were coming from out of the country here. Apparently, he is a very well sought after basketball coach."
But Wright said the former Dorman High School and Clemson University basketball standout is accused of having sexual contact with a minor at the YMCA on Pine Street in Spartanburg and other locations, including his house.
Rick Callebs, CEO with the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg, released the following statement regarding Jenkins' arrest, "Anthony Jenkins has never been employed by the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg to my knowledge. All YMCA employees go through a background check as do all YMCA members."
The academy's Facebook page states that, "Spartanburg Preparatory Academy is a private college preparatory program that prepares student athletes to be successful college students and athletes."
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