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UPDATE | Former Midland Valley resource officer accused of sexual battery out on bond

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Published: Feb. 3, 2017 at 12:41 PM EST
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Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

5:04 p.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A former school resource officer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has bonded out of jail.

Donald Henry, Jr. bonded out Friday afternoon shortly after a judge set his bond at $50 thousand.

The Aiken County School District released the following statement around 5 p.m. Friday in relation to the arrest:

"An investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the Friday morning arrest in North Augusta of a former school resource officer. Deputy Donald Henry, Jr., had served as a school resource officer in our District since approximately 2005, with a break in service due to a military deployment. District officials discovered allegations involving Deputy Henry early last month, prompting a swift internal investigation during which a single alleged victim denied having any inappropriate contact with the resource officer. Immediately following the start of the Aiken County Public School District inquiry, District officials met with Aiken County Sheriff’s Office representatives and shared all information related to the investigation. Within a few days of the opening of the ACPSD investigation, the deputy resigned from the sheriff’s office. SLED then opened an independent investigation, leading to today’s arrest. We are terribly disappointed by today’s arrest of a former school resource officer entrusted with providing a safe learning environment for our students and faculty members. We are pleased to put this matter behind us and continue our focus on accelerated learning for all students."
3:45 p.m.

Bond was set at $50 thousand for a former school resource officer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Donald Henry, Jr. was charged with sexual battery of a student 16 or 17 years of age after the allegations, according to Aiken County investigators.

If convicted, Henry could face up to five years in prison.

12:41 p.m.

A former resource officer at Midland Valley High School has been arrested after an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Investigators say Donald Henry, Jr. has been charged with sexual battery of a student 16 or 17 years of age.

If convicted, Henry could face up to five years in prison. Henry recently retired from the school. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Henry was a school resource officer in 2005 and again from 2014 to 2017.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to News 12 NBC 26 for the latest.