SLED declines charges against former Chapin football star, cites insufficient evidence

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Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 9:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 9:19 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division announced Friday that it is declining sexual assault charges against a former Chapin football star.

In June, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) announced they’d requested the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to investigate David Bennett Galloway, III.

NCSO said this request was to investigate criminal sexual misconduct by the former Chapin High School football player.

Sheriff Lee Foster said, “The victim is a relative of one of our employees. We referred the case to SLED per our protocol to avoid any conflicts of interest.”

SLED released its declination letter that states:

After reviewing your investigative file, it appears that there is insufficient evidence to support a conviction. It is, therefore, the recommendation of this office that this case be closed.

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Galloway had previously been accused of sexual assault with a minor and took a plea deal earlier this year. The case revolved around a high school party Galloway attended and a 13-year-old girl.

According to Galloway’s lawyer those sexual relations were consensual. Charges were dropped to third-degree assault with no jail time. He was not required to register as a sex offender.

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