Waccamaw High School volunteer booked for not reporting as sex offender

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Thomas Edward Filchak, 51, of Pawleys Island has been arrested and charged with his third offense of Failure to Register as a sex offender.

As the Georgetown Times reported last week, a warrant was signed on Tuesday, Feb. 11, because Filchak did not report that he had served as a volunteer at Waccamaw High School.

Filchak was booked on Feb. 13 for the charge, which carried a $1,275 fine, and was released later that day, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s website.

The father of a band student at the school, he has been allowed to help at Waccamaw High School functions this year, school officials said.

As reported previously, Filchak was arrested in 2000 for showing his private parts to a 15-year-old boy and attempting to get the boy into his van in the City of Georgetown.

Filchak was initially charged with: Lewd Act Upon a Child Under 16, Indecent Exposure, and Failure to Stop When Signaled, according to a City of Georgetown Police report dated Sept. 26, 2000.

He was convicted of Indecent Exposure on Dec. 11, 2000, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender listing on its website.

He was charged with Failure to Register as a sex offender in May 2005 and June 2006.

Both of those are listed as a first offense in the State law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) criminal background information about Filchak.

A Sheriff’s office spokesperson said it is not unusual for the second offense of Failure to Register to be listed as a first offense.

However, the third charge is listed as the third offense.

The incident report filed Friday, Feb. 7, says the Sheriff’s Office was told on Jan. 9 about Filchak doing work at Waccamaw High.

The officer investigating says she spoke with Waccamaw High Principal David Hammel by phone on Jan. 9 and Hammel said Filchak “only once at half time of a football game helped other parents set up the marching band props,” the report states.

During the investigation, pictures were found on the Waccamaw High marching band’s Facebook page ­— dating as far back as March 2012 — showing Filchak with other parent volunteers at the school and other locations with the band, the report states.

The deputy also found a “Bands of Waccamaw” newsletter dated Oct. 1, 2013 “thanking Filchak by calling his name and other parent/volunteers for their help with the band,” the deputy wrote.

According to Georgetown County School District policy (IICC-R) all volunteers “may expect a background check which may include a criminal records check.”

Another District policy (GBEBDA) states: “The district will perform a National Sex Offender Registry check on all ... volunteers who work in a school on an interim or regular basis as mentors, coaches, chaperones or any other capacity resulting in direct interaction or contact with students.”

The policy continues: “The district will not permit individuals whose names appear in the National Sex Offender Registry or individuals who have been required to register as sex offenders pursuant to state law to work or serve in the district in any capacity.”

Times reporter Scott Harper contributed to this story.

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