Crime

Warrants: Clover High teacher had sex with student at his home, gave teen alcohol

A Clover High School math teacher and coach had sex with a student and provided him with alcohol at the teacher’s home last summer, arrest warrants released Tuesday allege.

Michael Landreth, 24, was arrested on Monday and charged with sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office. He was released from the York County Detention Center several hours later on a $4,000 bond.

The incidents between Landreth and the 16-year-old boy occurred last August or September at Landreth’s home on Valley Forge Drive in Lake Wylie, the warrants allege.

Landreth’s charge of sexual battery notes it was “without force or coercion,” meaning the sexual activity was consensual. South Carolina law states that sexual relations between a teacher and a student who is 16 or 17 is a felony regardless of consent, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Clover school officials were notified of the inappropriate relationship between Landreth and a student last week, schools spokesman Mychal Frost said. Officials immediately began an investigation and notified the York County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Landreth, a math teacher at Clover High since 2013, has resigned from his position, Frost said.

Efforts to reach Landreth for comment have been unsuccessful.

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