FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A school resource officer working under the Florence County Sheriff’s Office was fired and arrested after an investigation into him having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student.
Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office says Jamil K. Hall, 39, of Florence, was arrested Wednesday morning by investigators with the sheriff’s office. Major Nunn confirms Hall has been terminated from his position as deputy and SRO with the FCSO.
Hall is charged with sexual battery with a student and misconduct in office. Prior to his arrest, Hall was placed on administrative leave without pay while investigators looked into the allegations of his relationship with the student. According to Investigators, the conduct is alleged to have occurred on school grounds, although the name of the school was not released.
Under South Carolina law, sexual battery with a student is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Misconduct in office is a common law misdemeanor.
“Law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard,” Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. “We cannot tolerate the misuse of our office and will prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.”
Hall was booked into the Florence County Detention Center at 9:52 a.m. Wednesday, and according to online booking records, his bond has been set at $5,000.
Florence School District One issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
School officials in Florence School District One have cooperated fully with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in its investigations of allegations that a former school resource officer employed by the sheriff’s department engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student.
“Florence School District One’s top priority is the safety of its students. Any immediate threat of harm to students who are on our campuses is taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and with due diligence. We concur with Sheriff Boone who has stated that law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard, and we are reassured by the fact that the threat of harm has been removed from the school campus,” said Florence District One Superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges.