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Horry County teacher arrested in connection with second harassment charge

Adam Varnadore
Adam Varnadore

An Horry County middle school teacher could face disciplinary action at work following a second arrest involving a harassment charge.

Adam Varnadore, 36, of Conway was charged with second-degree harassment Monday and was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $2,500 bail later that day, according to jail records. He is a keyboarding teacher at Whittemore Park Middle School, where he has worked since September 2014.

Varnadore was making unwanted contact on the Internet and by telephone to a 44-year-old woman, despite a no-contact order, according to an Horry County police report. He surrendered at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Monday...

The harassment charge stems from incidents that occurred in February and December, according to police records.

Police also said Varnadore was issued a warning citation during a traffic stop near S.C. 65 and Byrd Road after violating a no-contact order by driving by the victim’s house several times on Dec. 6.

The victim told police that Varnadore went to a store where her son works and wanted to speak with him about a camera that the victim had set up at her home, police said.

The victim told police in December that Varnadore had been driving by her home at different times of the evening and said she felt unsafe and has had to change her routine, according to the report.

Varnadore was arrested March 3 in connection with first-degree harassment in connection with the same victim. Officers were called about 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 28, and the victim reported that Varnadore had followed her while she was driving, according to a police report.

Police said the victim told them she felt scared after he followed her and drove by her several times. She showed officers two large folders filled with police reports, pictures, and records of correspondence between her and Varnadore, authorities said.

Based on the past police reports and the information the victim showed police, officers determined that Varnadore had harassed the victim, according to the report.

Teal Harding, spokesperson for Horry County schools, said Wednesday that Varnadore will meet with human resources officials this summer, who will review his recent arrest will determine if he should be placed on leave or face any disciplinary actions.

Varnadore did go on a short administrative leave March 5 to March 10 due to the previous arrest.

Harding said that because school is out and Varnadore is not in the classroom, there is no urgency to address the matter of his arrest.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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