Kevin Lipke

Kevin Lipke booking photo (Horry County Police photo)

A former elementary school principal in Oswego School District 308 was arrested in November in South Carolina after he allegedly inappropriately touched a 12 year-old boy multiple times over the course of six months.

Horry County South Carolina Court records show 46 year-old Kevin Lipke, now of Conway, South Carolina, has been charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor between the Ages of 11 and 14 in the Second Degree.

Lipke was arrested by Horry County Police on November 9th on a written warrant.

According to the warrant, "the victim provided a statement that [Lipke] on several occasions would pat his [the victim's] buttocks and also [Lipke] would place his hand down the front of the victim's pants and grabbed his upper inner thigh very near the victim's (private parts) making the victim feel very uncomfortable."

The warrant reads that the alleged acts occurred between April and October of 2017 at Lipke's home. Horry County Assistant Solicitor Leigh Andrew, who is prosecuting the case, alleges Lipke was a counselor and mentor to the victim at the time the touching took place.

According to a copy of his resume obtained by WSPY, Lipke states he has worked as a mental health professional providing counseling services to those with emotional, social, behavioral and other disorders.  His most recent employment has been as an owner/operator of a gas station in South Carolina.

Lipke was an educator in the State of Illinois for nearly 17 years, including five years (2007-2012) as principal at Long Beach Elementary School in Boulder Hill.

He began as a teacher in the Jacksonville School District in 2004 and became principal of the Jamaica School District in downstate Sidell before coming to Long Beach in 2007.

Lipke left District 308 in June of 2012 to become Superintendent of Schools in Pontiac District 429. In February of 2014, Lipke resigned as Superintendent, following a paid leave of absence in November of 2013 that took place amid a third-party complaint that was made against him for "improper conduct."

An investigation was turned over to Illinois State Police and the results of that investigation were never detailed.

WSPY asked current Pontiac Superintendent Brian Dukes what the results of the investigation were and if the district ever took action regarding alleged, "improper contact."

He responded in an e-mail,"Kevin Lipke was the Superintendent from July 1, 2012 to February 10, 2014. A resignation agreement was signed on February 10, 2014. No further comment at this time."