Chapin High School football player arrested for sexual conduct with a minor

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 2:51 PM EST
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CHAPIN, S.C. (WIS) - One of South Carolina’s top high school football players is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

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

Galloway was released from jail Thursday 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, he committed to play for North Carolina State’s football team next year.

At Thursday’s 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 on Thursday, the district said in part, “School District Five and Chapin High School are cooperating with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in their investigation.”

RCSD said that Chapin High School and Lexington-Richland School District 5 have cooperated with the investigation.

Galloway is scheduled to appear in court again on December 10.

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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