The head football coach of a high school in a tiny South Carolina town is behind bars after being charged with nine counts of disseminating harmful material to a minor. According to WMBF News and SCNow.com, Greg Hill, the 29 year-old head coach of Mullins High, showed photos of his genitals to a 16-year-old student.
Hill was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 26 while Marion School District 2 launched an official investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. That led to an investigation by the Mullins Police Department and came to a head today when the charges were leveled against Hill, who turned himself over to authorities at 11 a.m. The first-year Mullins head coach was being held on $35,000 bond in the case with the additional conditions that he not be allowed near the school or school activities.
As word of Hill's arrest leaked through the town of roughly 5,000, a smattering of community members expressed a sense of pure shock to local WPDE News.
"It was very, very, very, very, shocking to me. I do know him and his family," Mullins resident Sylvia Davis said.
"If it happened, it's a disgrace," said Leroy Dimmery.
Here's how SCNow.com described the charges against Hill, referring to information which the station says came from an arrest warrant issued by Mullins Police:
Hill invited a 16-year old female student into his office during school hours Aug. 24 and showed her pictures of his genitals.
Hill, who also teaches at the school, told investigators he had taken several pictures of his genitals while the female student was in his office, according to the report, and said he scrolled through images on his cellular phone and presented her with a pornographic photo of himself.
Hill has reportedly admitted taking the pornographic photos and showing them to the student, but further investigations into Hill's actions by the Mullins Police Department and State Law Enforcement Division are reportedly ongoing.
"At this time the District does not have any further information the legal ramifications of the charges," Marion School District 2 Superintendent Michael Lupo said in a press release issued Wednesday. "However, I can assure you that the District takes seriously its obligation to protect and provide a safe environment for all students. Under no circumstances does the District condone or tolerate any inappropriate conduct between an employee and a student."
Mullins won Hill's first career game as head coach, cruising to a 20-2 demolition of Georgetown High School on Aug. 21. Five days later, Hill was placed on leave after allegations of his behavior first reached school officials, who learned of the incident from teachers who were approached by the student involved.
This was Hill's first year as a head coach and teacher at the high school, where he was employed as a global studies teacher. The Mullins native had previously taught at Palmetto Elementary School and Palmetto Middle School while serving as an assistant coach at Mullins High.