Former Rock Hill educator indicted on sexual misconduct charges, some of them new

Kenneth Andrew Williams
Kenneth Andrew Williams

A former Northwestern High School administrator has been indicted by two York County grand juries on 14 charges of sexual misconduct with students, including four new charges.

Indictments against Kenneth Andrew Williams include 10 of the 12 charges filed against Williams by Rock Hill police during two arrests in April and May. The two sets of indictments were handed down by separate grand juries that met on July 21 and again on Thursday.

The four new charges, which came in the form of direct indictments from the July 21 grand jury, are two counts of sexual battery with a student and one count each of criminal solicitation with a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Williams, 31, resigned from his job as a Northwestern assistant principal in June. He has been free on $125,000 bond since late May, under a series of court-ordered conditions, including that he lives in his hometown of Pendleton with his family, that he agrees to electronic monitoring and that he has no contact with the students who are part of the case.

Erin Joyner, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor, declined to comment on the case Thursday.

Williams’ attorney, Twana Burris-Alcide, also declined to comment.

Williams was arrested April 26 and again May 12 by Rock Hill police on a total of 12 charges. He is accused of coercing a student to engage in a lengthy sexual relationship with him beginning when she was 15.

Joyner has said in court Williams exercised coercion in a variety of ways during his relationship with the girl, threatening to take her and her brother away where their mother would never find them.

Police also said the girl told them Williams said he would protect her from bullies if she complied with his demands, and that he would place discipline referrals back on her school records if she did not.

Williams is accused of sending sexually explicit pictures and videos of himself via SnapChat, a social media platform, to the first student and another girl, who was 16 and a Northwestern student at the time.

The grand jury met on July 21 to consider allegations from the April 26 arrest against Williams and on Thursday to consider the second set of charges from the May 12 arrest.

Indictments from Thursday’s grand jury are five counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The four other indictments from the July 21 grand jury are three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077