Lisa Rothwell Gaston County, North Carolina assistant school principal indicted on sex crimes after having illicit carnal relations with teen student she was tutoring.
An assistant principal at a North Carolina high school remains held on a one million bond after claims of having had sex with a student six times over a four-month span.
Lisa Rothwell, a 34-year-old educator at Stuart Cramer High School in Belmont, Gaston County, was arrested Friday for having sex and oral sex with a 17 year old student between April 1 and July 31, the Gaston Gazette reported, citing arrest warrants.
Notice of the alleged crimes came after students at the school had been ‘chattering’ about the illicit affair.
‘There was some chatter among students that was passed back and forth, which made its way to school administration, which then got reported to us,’ Gaston County Police Capt. Billy Downey said according to the Gaston Gazette.
Assistant principal suffered from depression and had been taking medication for 15 years
Rothwell, a 10-year employee of Gaston County Schools, was ordered held on $1 million bond during a court appearance, Friday. She’s facing six counts of felony sexual activity with a student by a school employee, jail records show.
Rothwell, who earns more than $66,000 annually, taught gifted children at North Gaston High School and Stanley Middle School prior to landing her current position in 2014, the Gaston Gazette reported.
As of Monday, the Gaston County Schools, had removed the educator’s profile page from its website. She has been suspended with pay following her arrest, according to WSOC.
The alleged sex acts between Rothwell and the student occurred three times in April and three times in July, sources told the station.
During a Monday court appearance in a bid to seek a reduction in her bond to $300K. District Court Judge Pennie Thrower declined the educator’s overture. She had been required to come up with at least $150K.
During Monday’s appearance, Rothwell’s attorney stated the educator suffered from depression and had been taking medication for the condition for about 15 years. In attendance was also the woman’s husband, also a teacher for Gaston County Schools.
Unclear is what led to the female educator abusing her position of trust, authority and power to subjugate her male victim.