Basketball Coach Accused of Inappropriatly Touching Student

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

December 15, 2009: There has been an update since this story first aired on News 12 and was posted on wrdw.com. In March of 2009 Sam Lilly had his criminal charges expunged. Expungement is a legal process of having an arrest or conviction or plea agreement erased from a person’s criminal record. Because of that, Lilly no longer has a criminal record in this matter.


January 31, 2006

A Josey High School basketball coach is on paid administrative leave after allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Coach Sam Lilly has not been arrested, but the investigation is active.

He’s a coach that has led several basketball teams to state competitions. Former Silver Bluff High boys basketball coach and now TW Josey basketball coach Sam Lilly is facing a sexual battery indictment. An indictment that involves a 17-year-old female student. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office began looking into the case on Friday.

“We are looking into inappropriate touching and inappropriate conversation,” Major Ken Autry said.

An incident report says Coach Lilly made sexual comments to the student at school. It also states he touched her to the body with his hands. The alleged victim says Coach Lilly ran his fingers through her hair.

“We’ve interviewed a number of the students and faculty,” Autry said.

While there has been no arrest the Board of Education confirms that Coach Sam Lilly has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Major Ken Autry says authorities have questioned Coach Lilly about the allegations.

“We’ll have to wait to get our final statements and do our analysis of that and at that time we will determine if there is probably cause for an arrest,” Autry said.

And now an investigation is left to determine whether Coach Sam Lilly acted inappropriately.

“The fact that he was accused in no way means that he is guilty,” Autry said.

The investigation should be complete within a couple of days. News 12 contacted Coach Lilly on Monday, he had no comment and referred all questions to his attorney, Jacques Hawk. Mr. Hawk did not return our phone calls.


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