By HEATHER RUPPE
Former Walterboro High School and Clemson University football standout Yusef L. Kelly, 38, of Colleton County, has been charged by the state’s leading prosecuting agency with sending sexually explicit images to a minor and in trying to lure a teenager to have sex with him, all while he served as a School Resource Office at Easley High School.
On Monday, August 16th, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) released information that Kelly is charged with solicitation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, disseminating obscene material to a person under the age of 18, and misconduct in office. SLED was called to take over this investigation by the Easley Police Department where Kelly worked as a police officer. The Easley Police Department also managed his position as a School Resource Officer at Easley High School, where these criminal acts allegedly took place.
Following his being served with four warrants, Kelly was arrested on August 16th and taken to the Pickens County Detention Center.
Kelly had worked for the Easley Police Department since 2013. A news source with that local police department said on Tuesday that Kelly has not worked for the Easley Police Department since April of this year.
According to warrants provided by SLED, the incidents that Kelly is charged with occurred between May of 2020 and December of 2020. During this time, he sent sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old minor, where he did“knowingly and willingly injure or endanger their morals or health,” the warrants states.
A second warrant states that Kelly sent sexually explicit photos of his genitalia to a minor under the age of 18 years old, leading to the charge of disseminating obscene materials to a person under the 18 years of age.
His misconduct in office charge comes from his committing these crimes while serving as an Easley Police Officer and as a School Resource Officer, another warrant states.
A fourth warrant states that on Dec. 16th of 2020, Kelly allegedly contacted a minor and trying to lure that minor into having sex with him. For this act, Kelly is charged with Criminal Solicitation of a Minor, the warrant states.
All warrants were signed against Kelly by a General Sessions judge in Pickens County. This case will be prosecuted by the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, according to SLED Spokesman Tommy Crosby.
Local law enforcement spokespeople confirm that Kelly has never worked as a School Resource Officer or as a law enforcement officer with either the Walterboro Police Department or with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, according to WPD Spokeswoman Sgt. Tavara Edwards and CCSO Spokeswoman Shalane Lowes.
Kelly played football for the former Walterboro High School and on that school’s state championship team in 1997, according to News4 in Charleston. Kelly then graduated from Walterboro High School and went to Clemson University, where he received national attention for being a part of the 2004 brawl between Clemson and USC Carolina. Kelly was caught on camera kicking the head of a helmetless Carolina player who was on the ground during the brawl.