Law enforcement officials say the principal had been in contact with the student starting when she was 14 years old.
COTTONDALE — A former Cottondale High School principal turned himself in on Thursday evening after a warrant was issued for his arrest for sexual misconduct with a student.
According to a release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, on Dec. 2, 2019, the sheriff’s office received information that a local principal was having an inappropriate relationship with a student. After an investigation into the matter, it was allegedly revealed that 35-year-old, Kenyonis "Ken" Granger, former principal at Cottondale High School, had been in an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. The investigation further allegedly revealed that Granger had been privately messaging the student since she was 14 years old.
However, it wasn’t until a year ago that Granger allegedly became inappropriate, the release stated.
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Copies of messages exchanged between Granger and the student were allegedly obtained and corroborated by the student. Granger was confronted by the Jackson County School Board about his inappropriate actions involving a student, and he subsequently resigned as Principal at Cottondale High School.
Probable cause obtained during the investigation demonstrated that Granger did in fact solicit or engage in sexual conduct with a student, which violated F.S. 800.101, offense against students by authority figures.
Granger was charged and on Thursday an arrest warrant was issued. At approximately 10:30 pm, Thursday, evening, Granger turned himself at the Jackson County Correctional Facility, where he will await first appearance.