Chapin High School football player takes plea deal and will not serve jail time

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Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 2:51 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:30 PM EST
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CHAPIN, S.C. (WIS) - One of South Carolina’s top high school football players was facing charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, but has since taken a plea deal lessening his charges.

David Bennett Galloway pled guilty Wednesday to third-degree assault and battery, and minor possession of alcohol, according to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

The Solicitor’s Office says Galloway will not serve jail time, and instead, his 30-day sentences for each charge were suspended, and he will be required to do the following:

  • 220 hours of community service
  • Have no further criminal conduct or arrest
  • Meet with retired law enforcement officers about the consequences of sexual offenses
  • Complete 12 counseling sessions with a therapist who specializes in assault based offenses
  • Provide restitution to the victim for therapy sessions
  • A 10-year restraining order will be in place from the victim
  • Attend Alcohol prevention education classes
  • Use no alcohol or drugs
  • Use a breathalyzer twice a day and pass all weekly drug tests
  • Pay a Court ordered fine of $700

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department originally charged 18-year-old Galloway, a senior at Chapin High School, with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor age 11 to 14 on Thursday, Nov. 11. He turned himself in to authorities and was booked into Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Galloway was released from jail then on a $45,000 Personal Recognizance bond on two conditions. Judge Tobias Ward ordered that he have no contact with the victim, either directly or indirectly through phone, text, email, or social media. Galloway will also have to remain on house arrest from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily until further notice.

Galloway is a senior running back at Chapin High School. In June 2021, he committed to play for North Carolina State’s football team next year.

At his November bond hearing, RCSD investigators said the incident happened at a house party on October 2. The victim, in this case, is 13 years old, authorities said.

Investigators were contacted and began an official investigation on October 8. They said the charge was corroborated with additional facts and witnesses.

During the hearing, Galloway’s attorney Jim May defended his client’s reputation, saying he’s a “good kid” and his entire life up to this point has been “exemplary.”

May also said Galloway passed a lie detector test related to issues that are germane to the charges. This was administered by a former FBI polygrapher, he said.

Lexington-Richland School District Five says they’re aware of the charges against Galloway.

In a statement in November, the district said in part, “School District Five and Chapin High School are cooperating with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in their investigation.”

WIS reached out to Lexington-Richland School District 5 to ask about the status of Galloway’s enrollment at Chapin High, and his standing on the football team. In response to this inquiry, a spokesperson said the district has “no further comment on this matter at this time.”

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