COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies arrested a 17-year-old who they say sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at Spring Valley High School last week. Now the district is trying to figure out how the suspect got into the school, and how to stop something like this from happening again.
Sheriff Leon Lott said Darius Dominic Mack, 17, is charged with criminal sexual conduct and for enhancement or commission of certain offenses within 100 yards of child day care facility. A judge denied bond on Wednesday because of the seriousness of the charges and the fact that Mack was already on probation for a previous offense.
Lott said that on October 14, Mack followed the victim from her bus to her locker at Spring Valley where he pushed her in a corner, covered her mouth and pulled her pants down. Lott said Mack sexually and physically assaulted the victim, and fled the scene when a school official called out to Mack.
"It's unknown how Darius Mack was able to gain access to the school, but the district is always reviewing its policies on student safety," said Richland District 2 spokeswoman Theresa Riley.
Lott said the victim and Mack are acquaintances, and the victim was able to give investigators a detailed account of the events and locations that the Mack frequents. Mack was arrested without incident Wednesday at a relative's home in Hopkins and was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Riley said Mack had previously attended school in Richland 2, but didn't know if he ever attended Spring Valley High.
Riley also wasn't sure if the victim has returned to school yet. "This is an unfortunate incident that has the district deeply concerned, and we hope the student can make a full recovery," Riley said.
The judge ordered Mack to make no contact with the victim or her family.