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Bluffton High School teacher arrested, charged with assault and battery

John Hollman (Source: Beaufort County Detention Center) John Hollman (Source: Beaufort County Detention Center)

The Bluffton High School coach accused of assaulting a female student won't have his day in court until mid-June according to his lawyer.

John Hollman has been placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday while school officials investigate the incident. Hollman is accused of slapping a female student on the backside.

Hollman's lawyer is hoping this can all be resolved outside of the courtroom, saying he doesn't believe his client committed a crime.

Hollman surrendered to Bluffton Police on Saturday. He was charged with assault and battery.

According to police, a female student said Hollman, a wrestling coach and Government and Economics teacher at Bluffton High School, walked into her classroom and slapped her on the backside while students were watching a movie. The student complained of pain and told police the action was unwanted.

Hollman's lawyer, Tabor Voux, said they're waiting for the police report and the school to finish their investigation before they go to court. But he believes this should be resolved within the school, not a courtroom.

"For this to go to criminal court, there needs to be some type of criminal action," said Voux. "He's been charged criminally, but they're just allegations at this point. I don't believe there was any criminal behavior whatsoever."

Hollman was released from jail on Monday after posting $1,092 bond.

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