A Richmond County school custodian has been arrested on sex charges involving incidents with 13-year-old girls at two schools, school officials said Saturday.
Assistant Superintendent Carol Rountree said C.T. Walker Magnet School custodian Reginald Lavern Price, 44, of North Augusta, was taken into custody on two counts of felony child molestation over incidents at Murphey Middle School and at C.T. Walker.
Jail records show Price, who was arrested Wednesday evening, is being held on two counts of felony sexual battery.
Board of Education Police Chief Alfonzo Williams said the department began investigating after a 13-year-old girl said she was touched inappropriately this month. The department found another case involving a second 13-year-old girl in January 2012. The case, which sat dormant for more than a year, was reopened.
“At that time, the officer investigating the case just didn’t find enough to move forward at that point,” Williams said.
After conducting interviews and gathering evidence, Williams said, he consulted with the district attorney’s office before obtaining arrest warrants.
“The incident will be handled by the Human Resources Department,” the school system said in a statement. “Any decision regarding employment of Mr. Price will be announced by the superintendent following a complete investigation.”