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Loris High coaching volunteer faces sex crime charges


     A former coaching assistant for the Loris High School baseball team is facing two sex crime charges involving a student.

     Ronnie Lee Barron, 44, surrendered to police, accompanied by his attorney, Monday morning, Loris Police Chief Gary Buley said.

     Barron was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual battery with a student, his bond set at $5,000 on each charge, Buley said.

     Though Barron was a volunteer baseball coach at Loris High, the victim was not a member of the baseball team, Buley said. He described the victim as a 17-year-old female.

     Parents of the victim contacted police in November, and a detective secured probable cause for a warrant on Barron’s phone, where evidence of the alleged crimes were found, Buley said.

     Those alleged sexual encounters took place at Barron’s home in Loris last spring. Buley said the relationship took place during the 2020-2021 school year.

     Barron was a volunteer baseball coach at Loris High beginning in December 2020 through Nov. 4, 2021, a school district spokesperson said Monday.

     Look for more on this story here, as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.