COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Andre Laquan Weathers, 48, of Marion on two charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.
Investigators state Weathers encouraged a minor to produce and send sexually explicit images.
Weathers was arrested on Oct. 28. He is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment on each count.
The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Weathers’ attorney Rose Mary Parham released a statement following his release on bond.
“Coach Weathers is innocent of all charges. The following was stated in bond today…..Anyone who has had a problem with their cell phone needs to reserve judgment on this case. When the student’s cell phone was confiscated and dialed Coach Weathers’ phone, the call registered as a female friend’s phone number. We turned Coach Weathers’ phone into law enforcement today to enable them to analyze his phone and resolve any confusion. Coach Weathers, who is father, grandfather, and 20 years retired United States Army, has never been previously arrested.”
Weathers recently told the Morning News that he has resigned as boys’ basketball coach at Marion High School because of neck and back problems that are the result of his 20 years serving in the Army.