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Columbia-area asst. principal arrested for sex with student

Dawn Diimmler (Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

A South Carolina high school assistant principal has been charged with having sex with a student.

The State reports that 44-year-old Dawn Diimler turned herself in Saturday morning to face a charge of sexual battery of a student.

Ashley Hunter, a spokeswoman for the city of Cayce, said Diimler is accused of having sex twice at Airport High School with a 19-year-old student in 2017. She was fired by district officials in Lexington County on Feb. 12.

The school district has previously said Diimler was fired after officials looked into allegations that she was having an unprofessional relationship with a student. District officials informed police of the possible criminal activity discovered during their probe.

South Carolina law defines sexual battery with a student, as it relates to this case, as follows:

"SECTION 16-3-755 (D): If a person affiliated with a public or private secondary school in an official capacity has direct supervisory authority over a student enrolled in the school who is eighteen years of age or older, and the person affiliated with the public or private secondary school in an official capacity engages in sexual battery with the student, and aggravated coercion or aggravated force is not used to accomplish the sexual battery, the person affiliated with the public or private secondary school in an official capacity is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than five years."

Diimler's attorney Deborah Barbier declined to comment Sunday.

(ABC News 4 contributed additional information to this report)

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