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Burke County Teacher is Arrested for Sexual Contact After Improper Hugging of Student


A Burke County High School teacher was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he had improper sexual contact a 17-year-old female student at the school, authorities said.

Scott Hooker, 40, of Wade Road, Augusta, was charged with improper sexual contact by a teacher, sexual battery and simple battery. A bond hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning.

According to BCSO Capt. J.W. “Jimmy” Wylds, the allegations first surfaced on March 29, and the Burke County High School teacher was immediately suspended. The sheriff’s investigation showed that Hooker was hugging the student from behind, causing his hands to rub across her breast area, leading to his arrest this week.

Scott Hooker, school district website photo

A page on the school district’s website has this message from Hooker: “Hi! I am Scott Hooker, the Student Services Lead Teacher for Burke County High School and the Burke County Life Center.”



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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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