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ROCK HILL, S.C. — An assistant high school principal in South Carolina is accused of trading protection from bullies for sex, according to warrants obtained by WSOC.

During Wednesday’s bond hearing for 30-year-old Andrew Williams, the victim’s advocate read a letter to the judge from the girl’s mother.

“I am here today because this man took from my daughter something that God gave her and that is her innocence,” she said.

Williams is accused of having sexual encounters with the girl beginning in 2014, when she was 15 years old. Warrants say he also had multiple sexual encounters with the teen in his home during January 2016.

During the hearing, Detective Ryan Thomas with the Rock Hill Police Department urged the judge to set a high bond for Williams.

“The more we dug into his past, the more it became apparent that he has a reputation among the student body at multiple Rock Hill area schools as a pedophile, due to his proclivity for sleeping with female students,” Thomas said.

According to WSOC, the teen told authorities Williams threatened her and said if she didn’t meet his sexual demands she wouldn’t see her family again.

“The defendant coerced the victim by threatening to harm her school records, and by protecting her from bullies at school if she complied with his sexual demands, or by allowing her injury from bullies at school if she denied his demands,” the warrant stated.

Authorities told WSOC that the bullying brought the sex allegations against Williams to light.

Police said the girl had texted Williams on April 20 saying that a girl planned to assault her at school,

When Williams didn’t protect her from the assault, the teen yelled out accusations against him while being restrained by a school resource officer.

That then triggered the weeklong investigation.

Bond for Williams was set at $110,000 according to WSOC. He was released by 4 p.m. Wednesday but was ordered not to contact the victim.