High School ROTC Head Accused of Sex with Student

5:47 PM, Nov 28, 2007   |    comments
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HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) -- The head of a high school ROTC program in Hanahan has been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student in his office. Police say 53-year-old Eugene Payton of North Charleston faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. According to a police report, the student said the sex was consensual but the age of consent in South Carolina is 16. Payton was arrested Monday and is in jail on $120,000 bail. It was unclear whether Payton had an attorney. There was no attorney information in jail records and the public defender's office did not immediately know if it was representing Payton. Berkeley County Schools spokeswoman Pam Bailey says Payton has been with the district six years. He has recently been on medical leave.

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