February 12, 2016

High school coach accused of “inappropriate relationship” with student

A coach at Columbia’s Ridge View High School has been arrested and accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old female student.

45-year-old Darrien Brown is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. School officials received a tip about the relationship and immediately notified the school’s resource officer and Richland County sheriff’s deputies.

Investigators say Brown picked the victim up from the school, drove her to his home, and committed inappropriate sexual acts with her back in April. He is a linebackers coach and an assistant track coach on the Ridge View football team.

He was arrested Wednesday.

Bond was set at $60,000 with guidelines that he could not have any contact with the victim and could not be within 300 yards of her.

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