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Police: Upstate teacher placed on leave after charged with 2 counts of csc with minor

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Travis Howard (Source: Spartanburg County Jail) Travis Howard (Source: Spartanburg County Jail)

Police confirm an Upstate teacher has been charged in connection with an inappropriate sexual encounter with a minor.

According to a police report from the Spartanburg Police Department, Travis Benjamin Howard of Spartanburg was charged with 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree.

Police said between August 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, Howard is accused of forcing a minor to touch his penis on top of his clothing.

The police report said the victim was between 14 and 16-years-old.

Howard was booked into the Spartanburg County Jail just after 11 a.m. Thursday and was released around 10:30 p.m. the same day.

Howard is a teacher and Boys and Girls Club instructor at Cleveland Academy of Leadership.

Chief Communications Officer Sally Hammond of Spartanburg County School District 7 said Howard was placed on administrative leave on July 13, prior to the start of the new school year at Cleveland Academy.

“District 7 is aware of the charge faced by one of our employees and is cooperating fully with our local law enforcement officials. There’s limited information the District can share due to procedural protocols that are tied to personnel matters and the privacy of our students. Right now, and as always, what is uppermost in our minds is the safety and wellbeing of our students.”

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