Former assistant principal accused of sex with student pleads guilty, gets probation

Former assistant principal accused of sex with student pleads guilty, gets probation
According to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office website, 34-year-old Lisa Rothwell is facing several counts of felony sex with a student. (Source: Gaston County Sheriff's Office)

CRAMERTON, N.C. (WBTV) - A former high school assistant principal in Gaston County accused of sex with a student has pleaded guilty.

Court officials say 34-year-old Lisa Rothwell will be required to register as a sex offender. She received probation after pleading guilty Monday.

Rothwell was listed as an assistant principal at Stuart W. Cramer High School on the school’s website. She has since resigned her position and surrendered her teaching license.

Rothwell is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with one of the students at the school.

Records show that Rothwell was released from jail around 6:14 p.m. Friday’s bond hearing was the second time Rothwell appeared in court trying to get her bond reduced to a manageable amount. Her bond was reduced from $1 million down to $100,000.

In court Friday afternoon, Rothwell cried during most of the proceedings, just as she did at her hearing a few days ago.

While both the prosecution and defense attorney asked for her bond to be reduced down to $50,000, the judge doubled that amount, setting it at $100,000.

Officials say Rothwell will not be allowed on school grounds, will have a curfew and will have to wear an ankle monitor at all times.

Rothwell has another court appearance on Oct. 24th.

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