The solicitor's office confirmed Thursday that a grand jury returned indictments for criminal charges against a high school teacher in connection with the sexual battery of a student.
Greenville County Deputies said they began an investigation into 38-year-old Erickson Lamar Bynum after allegations were made regarding sexual relations with a student in August 2015.
A spokesperson for Greenville County Schools said Bynum was placed on leave May 3, 2016 when the allegation was brought forth. Bynum served as a substitute teacher in 2005, a full-time English teacher in 2006, and coached speech and debate.
According to arrest warrants, Bynum is accused of performing oral sex on a 16-year-old student multiple times in his classroom during the first and second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Warrants state the incidents didn't involve aggravated force or coercion.
Deputies said Bynum also attempted to sexually assault two other 17-year-old students off campus. One of the incidents occurred at Bynum's home on Bethel Road and the other occurred at a victim's home, according to deputies.
Bynum reportedly touched both victims' genitals over their clothing without permission, warrants state.
Bynum was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and battery and one count of sexual battery with a student following his arrest in 2016.
The school district said Bynum had a clear record at the time he was hired. A SLED background check of Bynum revealed only the three charges connected to this case.
Below is the Greenville County School District's full statement on Bynum's arrest:Erickson Bynum, 38, a Southside High School teacher who has been on leave since May 3, when an allegation of inappropriate contact with a student was made, has been arrested by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Immediately upon becoming aware of a concern about Mr. Bynum, Greenville County Schools referred the matter to the Sheriff’s Office.Greenville County Schools will proceed in its employment action to address this conduct in accordance with state law which governs personnel actions affecting teachers. State law requires that a teaching employee remain on paid leave status pending completion of due process requirements.Mr. Bynum was hired as a substitute teacher at Southside in 2005. He became a full time English teacher in 2006 and was the Speech and Debate coach.As with all Greenville County Schools employees, a background check was run on Mr. Bynum through SLED and a multi-state database prior to his hiring. His record was clear.
The solicitor's office confirmed Thursday that Bynum was indicted.
According to the indictments, he engaged in sexual battery of a student, however between August 2015 and May 2016 aggravated coercion or force was not used.
The indictment states that in May 2016, non-consensually touched the private parts of a victim.
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