Crime & Courts

Former Dutch Fork asst. principal invited students to house for drugs and sex, police say

A former Dutch Fork High School assistant principal accused of giving drugs to former students has now been charged with a sex crime, according to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Floyd White, 29, has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, distribution of cocaine within proximity of a school and distribution of marijuana to a person under 18, according to the statement.

White was previously charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a schedule 4 narcotic — Xanax, and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance — Adderall.

The investigation into White began in Nov. 2018, when the Columbia Police Department received a tip, according to the statement. Narcotics agents were told White had drugs, and quickly secured a search warrant for his home.

White was arrested Nov. 29 on various drug charges.

White allegedly asked students to share nude photos of themselves over the app Snapchat, according to the statement. He would allegedly directly ask students to send him pictures or he would pose as a girl soliciting sex.

Snapchat is an app in which users can share photos, videos or messages with the option of having them disappear within a set amount of time.

A report filed with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department stated White also used Snapchat to send messages related to the drug usage, including a photo captioned “Your nose good?”

Once students reached the age of 18, he would allegedly invite them to his home to do drugs and have sex, according to the statement.

Investigators later learned White allegedly excused students from school, encouraging them to be truant, according to the statement.

Deputies did not think White was distributing drugs at the school, but a former student told police the former assistant principal was giving drugs to students at his home, according to an article published in The State in December.

According to Lexington Richland School District 5’s website, White was responsible for teachers in math, PE, Fine Arts, Athletics and students with last names spanning E-K. Before becoming an assistant principal, he taught middle school English at Schofield and Dutch Fork middles.

Floyd White
Dutch Fork High School Assistant Principal Floyd White From Dutch Fork High School's website

According to investigators, a former Dutch Fork basketball coach, Austin Duncan, 25, went to White’s office and used cocaine at least once. Duncan is also facing charges of possession of cocaine.

That instance was corroborated through video surveillance and electronic messages.

Duncan was also a history teacher at the school.

White and Duncan turned themselves in to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Officials at the Lexington Richland Five School District released a statement on the arrests Friday.

“We were deeply disturbed to learn of the arrests today of these former employees,” the statement read. “We regret that the actions of a few district employees have the potential to erode the trust we have worked so hard to build with our parents and community.”

White and Duncan are no longer employed by the district.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.