Former Gamecocks basketball star turned SRO fired amid allegations of sexual assault of students

Jamel Bradley worked as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School when he was accused.

Former Gamecocks basketball star turned SRO fired amid allegations of sexual assault of students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Richland County deputy, who happens to be a former star Gamecocks basketball player, has been fired over accusations he sexually assaulted female students at Spring Valley High School.

Jamel Bradley was working as a school resource officer when a student said he made “unwanted sexual advances” toward her on five different occasions in 2018, according to a federal lawsuit filed by that student’s family.

On one occasion, the student accused Bradley of “kissing, touching and fondling” her twice on the same day, in his office.

The lawsuit was filed in October 2018 and Bradley stopped working as a school resource officer for Richland County School District Two in December 2018.

However, Bradley was not fired from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department until October 2019. It’s unclear what his assignment was during that time.

The lawsuit states RCSD, who is also a named as a defendant, conducted an “internal investigation” instead of reporting the incident to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

According to the lawsuit, that was the “fourth investigation” that looked into “reports of illegal and inappropriate sexualized conduct” against Bradley.

The lawsuit claims RCSD, Richland Two and other defendants knew about Bradley’s “inappropriate actions and/or propensity to harm other minor female students on at least four (4) separate occasions” and failed to take action against him, allowing him to continue to work as a school resource officer.

On Thursday, RCSD confirmed that Bradley was terminated on Oct. 30, 2019. However, officials at the department would not share details of their investigation because they said it is “ongoing.”

As of Nov. 14, Bradley does not face any criminal charges.

Bradley played basketball for the University of South Carolina from 1999-2002 and is a school record holder.

RCSD is being sued for negligence. Bradley is being sued for violation of due process. RCSD Captain John Ewing is being sued for supervisory liability. Richland County School District Two is being sued for negligence, violation of Title IX and Education Amendments of 1972, negligent hiring, supervision, and retention, breach of fiduciary duty, as well as civil conspiracy.

The previously named parties are all being sued for loss of personal services.

Richland Two released the following statement:

“The District generally does not comment on pending litigation. In addition to the District’s general practice, in this case, the Court has issued a Confidentiality Order regarding the release of certain information. While we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, the District does not condone or tolerate any sexual harassment or assault of students, and its administrators and staff take reports of any sexual harassment or assault very seriously. The District also wishes to make it clear that it disputes many of the allegations made in the lawsuit, and believes appropriate actions were taken by the administration.”

Read the full lawsuit below.

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