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Fired South Carolina educator cited love for student

February 26, 2018

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A fired South Carolina assistant principal told a mother she was in love with the woman’s son, according to a letter from a school district administrator released Monday.

Lexington School District Two released letters Monday from district officials to former Airport High School Assistant Principal Dawn Diimmler earlier this year. The letters were released under a Freedom of Information request from local media.

A Jan. 25 letter from District Superintendent William James put Diimmler on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted into what he called “a close relationship with a student who graduated in June 2017.”

“This relationship appears to have been beyond the bounds of what I would consider to be appropriate for an educator,” James wrote.

In the second letter, James said he reviewed several voicemail recordings involving Diimmler and the student’s mother. The letter said those recordings included a confession and apology from Diimmler that she was “in love with” the son.

A review of Diimmler’s district-issued phone and an email address confirmed the admission, the letter states. The voice mails came after Diimmler had been told by the district not to speak with the teen’s family.

James recommended Diimmler’s termination, rather than a resignation.

Diimmler, 44, is charged with sexual battery with a student for having sex with the 19-year-old student in both Lexington and Richland counties. The maximum penalty is five years in prison on each of the two charges.

She was fired Feb. 12.

Diimmler would not talk to reporters as she left a bond hearing in Lexington on Monday. Her next hearing is April 5.

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