Former Chapin High Football Star Admits to 'Unlawful Touching' of Minor, Case Settled

Posted 1/19/22

The case involving a Chapin High School football standout and a minor was settled Wednesday at the Richland County Courthouse.David Bennett Galloway III pleaded guilty to simple assault and minor …

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Former Chapin High Football Star Admits to 'Unlawful Touching' of Minor, Case Settled

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The case involving a Chapin High School football standout and a minor was settled Wednesday at the Richland County Courthouse.

David Bennett Galloway III pleaded guilty to simple assault and minor alcohol possession. The agreement with the Fifth Solicitor’s Office and Galloway’s attorney Jim May dismissed the more serious second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge from his record.

In addition, the misdemeanor charges can be expunged after three years with good behavior. The fines for both charges totaled $700.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Galloway admitted to “unlawful touching” of the girl during an Oct. 2 party in Irmo. A school employee, according to the report, called the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Oct. 8 to provide information on the incident. It was then turned over to Richland County authorities, which led to Galloway turning himself into authorities Nov. 11.

May said a lie detector test showed Galloway to be truthful in stating he did not know the age of the girl. The solicitor’s office acknowledged in court the evidence didn’t rise to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, resulting in the lesser charges.

Since the arrest, Galloway was free on a $45,000 personal recognizance bond and was distance learning at Chapin High School. The Chronicle reached out to Lexington-Richland School District 5 regarding Galloway’s school status following the plea but hasn’t yet received a reply.

May called Galloway’s case a “nightmare situation” for all parties involved and a “cautionary tale” in which actions can have long-term consequences.

Prior to the charges, Galloway verbally committed to N.C. State. The program hasn’t commented on his arrest or commitment status. He helped the Eagles reach the second round of the Class 5A playoffs, rushing for 1,094 yards and 18 touchdowns and catching 25 passes for 444 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

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