A former NFL player who worked as an assistant football coach at a South Carolina high school has been arrested and charged after admitting to having sex with a student.
De’Andre Reshaud Presley, 28, with sex/sexual battery with a Student 16 or 17 years of age, no aggravated force or coercion, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Presley, who briefly played for the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers was an assistant football coach at Woodruff High School. The Greenville resident admitted to the school’s principal that he had a sexual relationship with a student during November 2017, according to multiple reports.
A school resource officer at Woodruff High School told authorities that in December there was a rumor about a school employee, later identified as Presley, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to investigations, wyff4.com reported.
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Deputies said they began investigating on Dec. 21, 2017, after the principal heard rumor of a coach kissing a student.
“The principal confronted (Presley), who denied the allegation but immediately resigned his position at the school,” Lt. Kevin Bobo stated in an email, according to foxcarolina.com. “After the Christmas break, the suspect came back to the school and confessed to the principal that he had been engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.”
An arrest warrant said the incident happened between Nov. 1 and Nov. 31 with a student between 16 and 17 years old, wyff4.com reported.
The special victims unit investigator interviewed the victim and her mother and consulted the Solicitor’s Office about the appropriate charge, according to wspa.com. A warrant was approved for Presley’s arrest on Jan. 31 and he turned himself in Thursday morning.
“Mr. Pressley is no longer an employee in Spartanburg District Four,” Spartanburg District Four Superintendent Dr. Rallie Liston said in a statement. “He had served in a non-certified staff position from June through December 2017. Administration immediately contacted a School Resource Officer and notified the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office when the matter was brought to their attention.
“Student safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority. The district conducts background checks on all employees and meets with new staff members to communicate the high expectations for employee conduct. Beyond that, we are unable to comment on personnel matters or matters related to the privacy of our students.”
Presley was born in Tampa, Fla. and played college football at Appalachian State, where he was a quarterback.
He went undrafted in 2012, but was signed by the the-San Diego Chargers as a cornerback, but was cut before playing. Presley was then signed to play wide receiver by the Miami Dolphins, appearing in four games.
In 2013, Presley was cut by the Dolphins and added to the Carolina Panthers practice squad. He bounced back and forth between being a defensive back and receiver before finally appearing in four games for the Panthers in 2014.
Presley was cut by the Panthers in 2015 and hasn’t appeared on an NFL team’s roster since, according to pro-football-reference.com.