A third person has been arrested in connection with sexual assault incidents at Statesboro High School. Wendell Turner, Statesboro Director of Public Safety, said police arrested SHS Principal Martin Waters Friday and charged with failure to report child abuse.
Turner said during the course of the investigation that resulted in the arrests of two assistant coaches at the school, Statesboro Police Detectives learned that as early as March of this year Waters had been informed of suspected child abuse between Assistant Coach Jeffrey Crowder and a female student. Police were notified of the incident the April 25th. .
The investigation determined that Waters failed to notify suspected child abuse to the proper authorities within the time frame required by law. Waters was arrested Friday and is being held in the Bulloch County jail charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse.
Bulloch County School Superintendent Charles Wilson said Waters has been placed on administrative leave. Assistant Principal Dr. Ken LeCain has been appointed to serve as acting principal. Waters has served Bulloch County Schools for 15 years, and was named SHS’s principal in 2005.
Turner said the Bulloch County Board of Education and the Central Office have cooperated fully with the Statesboro Police Department throughout the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with any information to contact the Investigations Bureau at the Statesboro Police Department at 912-764-9911 or submit anonymous information to www.tipsoft.com or text a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept strictly confidential.