Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Goose Creek High School employee Arthur Prioleau, 59, of Kinglet Lane, Hanahan, was booked into the Hill-Finklea Detention Center on the afternoon of Aug. 28 and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the prison’s website.
His bond was set at $50,000 for the charge. He was released on Aug. 30, according to a records clerk at the jail.
A Berkeley County School District statement indicates Prioleau has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
A Hanahan Police Department report indicates Prioleau is accused of touching an underage teen girl outside of her clothes several times in July.
Prioleau is the victim’s step-grandfather, according to the report. The girl told her father the inappropriate touching took place while she was staying with Prioleau for a week, according to the report.
She called her father crying on July 22 at 12:34 a.m. and said that Prioleau had touched her inappropriately several times, according to the report. Prioleau also told the girl not to tell her grandmother what happened, according to the report.
On July 22 at 12:30 p.m. the girl’s father flagged down an HPD officer on Campbell Street near Yeamans Hall Road to report the incident.
Charleston County Department of Social Services was notified because the victim resides in Charleston County. DSS said they would not take the case because the grandparent suspect is not the child’s parent.
The case was assigned to an HPD sergeant on July 24. On Aug. 8 he received a fax from the Lowcountry Children’s Center reporting that in their forensic interview with the victim, the report was consistent with the statement her father made to HPD.
On Aug. 16 HPD learned there were no injuries reported after an MUSC Children’s Hospital medical exam. This is consistent with being touched in a sexual manner on the outside of her clothes, according to the report.
A warrant for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree was issued on Aug. 20 and placed into NCIC.
On Aug. 28 at 3:19 p.m. an HPD officer responded to a Redbank Road gas station where Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies had detained Prioleau, according to the report.
Prioleau is not a certified teacher but was in charge of giving kids detention with in school suspension (ISS), according to a source at the school.
“He was really good at it,” a source at the school said. “He’s been there for 21 years doing ISS. He’s been awesome . . . he’s a former Marine and ran it like the Marine Corps.”
Students were talking about the arrest this week at GCHS and one student is said to have learned of the arrest through Twitter. When GCHS employees heard of the arrest they checked the prison’s website and saw Prioleau’s mug shot.
Prioleau received a license to be a pastor a few years ago, according to the source. There are Youtube videos of Prioleau preaching at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church of Charleston.
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