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      Ridge View High School coach accused of sexual conduct with 15-year-old student

      According to Sheriff Leon Lott, Darrien Brown, 45, was arrested by the department's Fugitive Task Force around 11 a.m. Wednesday on North Main Street without incident.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - A Ridge View High School coach was arrested Wednesday after being accused of sexual conduct with a student, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

      Sheriff Leon Lott says Darrien Brown, 45, was arrested by the department's Fugitive Task Force around 11 a.m. Wednesday on North Main Street. He has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

      Brown is listed on the Ridge View High School website as a linebackers coach for the football team. He is also listed as an administrative assistant.

      Richland school district 2 spokesman Ken Blackstone says the district performed its own investigation. When they found evidence that could lead to criminal charges, the district turned the case to the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Brown was placed on administrative leave May 7.

      Authorities say Brown is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old female student. School administrators notified the School Resource Officer immediately after receiving tips of the accusations. The School Resource Officer then began working with the sheriff's department's Criminal Investigation Division.

      Investigators believe Brown picked up the victim from the school parking lot on Friday, April 27, and drove to his home in Blythewood. Brown is accused of committing inappropriate sexual acts with the victim while at his home.

      The department thinks Brown may have victimized other children.

      Brown is currently in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

      Sheriff Lott reminds victims that time is not a factor, and they are urged to come forward. Whether the incident happened recently, or in the past, getting each victim assistance is what is important.

      Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richland County Sheriff's Department or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.