COTTONDALE, Fla. — The former principal of Cottondale High School has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Kenyonis “Ken” Granger turned himself in at the Jackson County Correctional Facility after a warrant was issued for his arrest after a lengthy investigation.

Granger also is running for supervisor of elections in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received information Dec. 2 that the principal of Cottondale High School was having an inappropriate relationship with a student, Jackson County Sheriff Louis Roberts III said.

“An investigation into the matter revealed that Granger, former principal at Cottondale High School, had in fact been inappropriate with a 16-year-old student,” Louis said. “The investigation further revealed that Granger had been privately messaging the student since she was 14; however, it wasn’t until a year ago that Granger became inappropriate.”

Copies of messages exchanged between Granger and the student were obtained, corroborating the student’s statement.

Board’s action

Granger was confronted by the Jackson County School Board about his involvment with the student, and he subsequently resigned as principal, a post he had held since 2018.

Sheriff’s Office investigators say probable cause obtained during the investigation demonstrated that Granger did in fact solicit or engage in sexual conduct with a student, which violates F.S. 800.101, titled “Offense against students by authority figures.”

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