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LANCASTER, S.C. A high school teacher has been arrested after officials said he had a sexual relationship with a student in Lancaster.

Tony Allen Ford, 36, of Indian Land, South Carolina was arrested on Friday after an investigation began when a parent of a former student at Indian Land High School reported the alleged activity to police.

During the course of that investigation it was discovered that Ford had a consensual sexual relationship with former student over a one-and-a-half year period, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile in a statement. The sexual relationship began when the student was 16 years old.

Ford is a teacher at Lancaster High School and a football and girls track coach at Indian Land High School. Ford was placed on paid administrative leave on September 11 and remains on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

He was released Saturday on a $15,000 bond.

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