A former high school teacher and coach turned himself in to sheriff's deputies Wednesday to face a charge of having sex with a student.
Jabari Ali Patton, 33, was a masonry teacher and head varsity boys basketball coach at York Comprehensive High School.
Eyewitness News obtained the arrest warrant Wednesday morning. It states that Patton had sex with a 17-year-old female student who was in his masonry class at the school. The warrant said Patton had consensual sex with her in his car on a dirt road in March 2011.
Detectives said the teenager became pregnant, delivered the baby and someone came forward and told school officials about the incident.
York School District One Superintendent Dr. Vernon Prosser said they turned it over to law enforcement immediately.
"We expect our employees to do what they're supposed to do, and when they don't, we know what to do when they do not," Prosser said.
Parents said they were shocked at Patton's arrest.
"It's disgusting. I mean, a grown man with a teenager? There must be something wrong with him," said Wendy Robinson, who has a son starting at York Comprehensive this fall.
Patton resigned on May 17, the same day the school district contacted him about the allegations against him.
Patton is charged with sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years old. It's a new law that was changed in 2010. The law makes it a crime for a teacher or any school official to have sex with a student, regardless of the student's age, even if the sex is consensual.
If the student is 18 years or older, the charge is a misdemeanor. If the student is under 18, it's a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Patton's attorney is the former chief of SLED, Reggie Lloyd. Lloyd said Patton is eager to have his day in court.
"This has been hard on him and his family," Lloyd said. "It's hard not only to have these allegations raised against him, but to have to deal with this sort of notoriety."
Patton was released from the York County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $5,000 bond.
Sheriff's investigators told Channel 9 they couldn't say if the child born to the teenage girl was Oatton's. They said that's not part of their investigation.
Lloyd said he would not comment on that, either.
Prosser said the school district is already interviewing for another basketball coach and teacher. He expects to name a replacement before the end of June.