Sullivan Middle school teacher charged with assaulting student

Sullivan Middle School teacher David Coker was arrested this morning andcharged with assault and battery.

York County Magistrate Bob Davenport issued the warrant for Coker’s arrestat 8:30 a.m. following a series of allegations on Coker’s conduct at theschool.

According to a Rock Hill police report, a 6th-grade boy saw sexparaphernalia on the teacher's desk March 6.

After Coker caught the boy staring at it, he put the item away, the reportstated. He later accosted the boy around 2 p.m. during a fire drill, thereport stated.

The boy said Coker grabbed him by the arm and said, "You don't want me tohurt you. You know I can hurt you," the report stated.

The warrant was issued after the boy's mother signed an affidavit listing the allegations. The York County’sSheriff’s Office made the arrest.

The Rock Hill police relinquished the case because the mother is a cityemployee, police spokesman Lt. Jerry Waldrop said Monday.

The teacher also was named in another Rock Hill police report, filed Jan. 4,that said a student claimed to have seen pornography on the teacher's desk.