Asst. Principal accused of groping teacher in Greenville Co.

Tyrone Talbert

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Assistant Principal of Blue Ridge High School has been charged with Assault and Battery 2nd Degree, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

46-year-old Tyrone Talbert groped and fondled a teacher on school grounds, without her consent, investigators say.

According to the arrest warrant, Talbert intentionally touched the teacher on her buttocks and breast (above the clothing), with his hands and mouth.

Greenville County Schools placed Talbert on administrative leave as soon as they were informed of the allegations, and immediately reported it to law enforcement, according to Greenville County Schools Spokesperson Beth Brotherton.

Talbert was arrested on Friday, June 3 and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center.

He was released on June 4 on a $5,000 bond.

Talbert has been working with Greenville County Schools since 2005, Brotherton said.

Students say the situation is shocking, given Talbert’s friendly reputation in school.

“Honestly, kind of like disbelief, but he was a great guy. He IS a great guy,” says Logan Rollins, a senior at Blue Ridge High School.

“Me and my friend, we looked at each other and we were shocked because he’s such a good guy,” says Evan Turner, a sophomore at Blue Ridge High School.

Students say they’ll miss seeing Talbert in the halls for now.

“He was always the assistant principal that you’d go to if you needed advice or just kind of wanted to hear a funny joke or something like that. He was just a really sweet guy, it’s hard to imagine,” says Rollins.

“I’ve seen him around some of my friends; he’s really funny and has a positive attitude towards everything. It would be nice for him to come back,” says Turner.

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