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SRO at SC high school had 'explicit' pictures of student, also engaged in PDA with student, SLED says

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A now-former school resource officer in South Carolina has been charged by state police after authorities say they found 15 explicit images of a 17-year-old student on his cell phone.

Conrad Sands Stayton, 40, is charged with third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and misconduct in office, according to an affidavit released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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The affidavit said that between December 2021 and April 2022 Stayton, while employed as an officer at the Goose Creek Police Department and a school resource officer at Stratford High School, had the images on his phone and "knowingly permitted the student to continue to produce pornographic imagery ... without taking any documented action to intervene."

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Affidavits also say that Stayton “engaged in public displays of affection with the student and failed to document any action(s) taken to stop the minor from engaging in the act of producing obscene material.”

Shelly Ollic, 52, was charged with misconduct in office in this same case.

Authorities say Ollic was assigned to oversee school resource officers at the time.

The affidavit for Ollic says she was aware “of prior allegations against SRO Stayton that involved inappropriate interactions with a juvenile student,” as well as knowledge of “a 17-year-old student spending extended time with Stayton within his hotel room during a GCPD sponsored” event.

SLED said that when officers questioned Ollic, she “denied any inappropriate interactions between Stayton and the 17-year-old student."

SLED said prior to that interview, the student had reported directly to Ollic about being sexually assaulted by Stayton.

The affidavit said Ollic reported that immediately to the Goose Creek police chief.

The Goose Creek Police Department provided the following statement:

“On March 18, the Goose Creek Police Department became aware of allegations surrounding former SRO Stayton. Immediate action was taken, placing former SRO Stayton on administrative leave, while simultaneously launching an internal investigation. As a result of that investigation, former SRO Stayton was terminated on March 28. As a result of information that was discovered, I formally requested the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to be an independent fact-finder, and determine if any criminal charges were warranted. The charges that were brought today were a result of that investigation. I want to thank Chief Mark Keel and the agents of SLED that judiciously investigated this case, for their thoroughness and professionalism as it relates to this matter.”

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