Police: Counselor had sex with Special Olympics athlete

By Eric

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Special Olympics volunteer has been charged with having sex with an underage, special needs athlete.

Mount Pleasant police say the volunteer was with the young girl twice, most recently Friday night. According to a police report, the volunteer was serving as a counselor. He's accused of having sex with the victim at the Quality Inn near Patriots Point during last weekend's Special Olympics, Mid-Winter Games.

Cornelius Davis has volunteered with the Special Olympics since 2008. He's served as a coach and a counselor. He's been removed from that role in light of the charges against him.

"As long as there is a charge there, even though it's alleged, he will not be volunteering with the Special Olympics," said Special Olympics South Carolina president, Barry Coats. "He will be suspended of that, and if he's found guilty he certainly will not be a part of Special Olympics again."

Coats says a background check was done on Davis and it came back clean. But according to police, during an overnight stay at the Quality Inn, Davis went to the victim's room, took her and did not return for several hours.

"When you have people traveling and you have chaperones, those chaperones have a responsibility to take care of that group that they're chaperoning," Coats said.

In the report, a classmate of the victim said Davis was having sex with the underage girl in the middle of the night. Later, another volunteer staying with the group at the hotel found explicit texts and pictures on Davis' phone. Police say he had been communicating with the victim.

"When somebody does something to one of our family members it hurts. It makes you mad. It's frustrating because you feel like you do as much as you can to protect our population," Coats said.

Davis is also a teaching assistant in Cayce. He's accused of having sex with the victim there, Thursday night.

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