Ashley Ridge girls' basketball coach charged with sex crime involving minor

Tron Grant (Charleston County Detention Center)

Online jail records show Tron Grant, the head girls basketball coach for Ashley Ridge High School, has been arrested by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Roger Antonio confirms Grant was arrested on the campus of Ashley Ridge High School yesterday without incident.

Grant is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Roger Antonio.

Grant, 38, was booked into the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on Monday after, Feb. 26, and remains in jail as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Grant is a former head coach of boys basketball teams at Baptist Hill and North Charleston high schools.

According to the Charleston County Schools District, Grant was a permanent employee from 2006-2015.

He worked at Baptist Hill High from 2006-2013 and North Charleston High from 2013-2015. His listed title was teacher’s assistant.

According to an affidavit provided by the sheriff's office, the incident happened while Grant was employed at Baptist Hill 11 years ago.

A former female student came forward on Feb. 2, 2018, telling investigators Grant had sexual intercourse with her when she was as 15-year-old student at Baptist Hill in the fall of 2006.

Deputies say Grant was a student concern specialist at Baptist Hill at the time of the alleged assaults. The victim says she went to speak with Grant while in a vulnerable state, and Grant took advantage of the situation, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim tells investigators Grant had sex with her inside his vehicle, and later on his bed at his apartment. Deputies say a witness has confirmed the victim's story.

90-percent of abuse occurs by someone who is loved and trusted by the victim or the victim's family, according to Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO of Darkness to Light. She said it's not unusual for a victim to come forward years, even decades later.

"Stigma is completely associated with abuse. There are many societal issues associated with coming out and being a survivor. People judge you, they don't believe you, they ask what you did to influence the abuse," said Brewer. "It does become a little bit of he said, she said, but most often we see there's only a four to eight-percent of false reports and individuals wait so long because of the stigma."

Dorchester District 2 school officials say Grant has been serving as a campus security guard at Ashley Ridge High School, in addition to his basketball coaching duties.

Pat Raynor, spokesperson for DD2, says Grant was placed on paid administrative leave Monday.

This is a developing story, and will be updated.

(ABC News 4's Scott Eisberg contributed additional information to this report)

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