A former Clemson University football player has been arrested and charged for what he allegedly did with a juvenile.
Former Clemson running back Yusef L. Kelly was charged with solicitation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, disseminating obscene material to a person under the age of 18 and misconduct in office. Investigators said Kelly sent explicit messages and photos to a person under the age of 18 while he served as a school resource officer (SRO) at Easley High School.
“The findings in the investigation, according to warrants, said Kelly knowingly contacted a minor “with the intent of persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing the person to engage or participate in a sexual activity.” The alleged act violated Kelly’s sworn oath to “properly and faithfully discharge” his duties as an officer, which brought about the misconduct charge.
The arrest and charges come after the Easley Police Department requested an investigation be conducted by SLED, which began in December. Kelly was no longer with Easley PD in April.”
Kelly played at Clemson for three seasons and might be best known for photos that captured him kicking a South Carolina player in the head during a brawl in 2004. After the fight was broken up, Kelly found the Gamecock player’s helmet, showed it off to Clemson fans at the game, then threw it into the crowd.
In three seasons for the Tigers as a running back, Kelly amassed 864 yards of total offense and scored 10 touchdowns.
Following his college career, he began a career in law enforcement at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office before his first stint at the Easley Police Department.