Fired SC assistant principal to face sexual charges in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A former assistant principal accused of having an "unprofessional relationship with a student" at Airport High School has turned herself into law enforcement in Lexington County to face sexual charges.

Police claim that the three-month relationship Dawn Diimmler allegedly had with a 19-year-old student included sex on school property.

A Cayce Department of Public Safety spokesperson said Diimmler faces charges of sexual battery by both them and the Columbia Police Department. If convicted, Diimmler could have to pay a maximum fine of $500, spend up to 30 days in jail, or both. Her bond in Richland County was set at $30,000 cash surety. She will face a judge in Lexington County at 10 a.m. Monday.

Cayce DPS issued this release on Saturday, saying:

In a collaborative effort and investigation between the Cayce Department of Public Safety and the and the Columbia Police Department, Dawn P. Diimmler will face charges of sexual battery in both jurisdictions.

Lexington Two officials released a statement after an Airport High School assistant principal was fired on Feb. 12 following a special board meeting.

Citing allegations of an "unprofessional relationship with a student," Lexington Two said they fired Assistant Principal Dawn Diimmler on following an investigation that turned up potential criminal activity.

The school district contacted Cayce Department of Public Saftey during their investigation. Diimmler had been an employee of the school district since 2012.

Diimmler was originally placed on administrative leave along with the school's principal Brad Coleman. Coleman remains on administrative leave but is still the principal at Airport High School.

Dawn Kujawa, the district's spokeswoman did not elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding Diimmler at the time of her firing.

"Generally, the district can place an employee on administrative leave for any number of reasons," Kujawa said via email. "I also can tell you that, whenever a certified employee is placed on administrative leave, that leaves generally is paid, as required by state law."

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