A Richmond County school custodian arrested last week on sexual battery charges was arrested on similar charges in Aiken County in 2011.
Sgt. Jake Mahoney, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. said Tuesday that records show Reginald L. Price, 44, was arrested Dec. 9, 2011, by public safety officers on a charge of assault and battery in the third degree.
Mahoney said a female student at Aiken Middle School, whose age has not been made public, alleged that Price touched her on her buttocks. The case, however, was never prosecuted.
“It could’ve been a lack if evidence,” Mahoney said. “It could’ve been that the witnesses weren’t cooperating. It’s just hard to tell why (the case was dropped).”
Price, an Aiken County resident who worked at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School in Augusta, was arrested last week on charges involving two girls at two schools. He was fired Monday, according to Richmond County Superintendent Frank Roberson.
Last week, School Safety and Security Chief Alfonzo Williams obtained arrest warrants after investigating allegations that a 13-year-old girl was touched inappropriately this month. The department also reopened an investigation into allegations from another 13-year-old girl from January 2012 while Price was working at Murphey Middle School.
On Monday, Roberson said he wanted to wait for a detailed report from the incident before releasing details about the 2012 investigation or why Price was transferred to C.T. Walker.