October 7, 2019
Joshua Rhett Miller


An assistant principal at a North Carolina high school had sex with a student six times over a four-month span, police said.

Lisa Rothwell, a 34-year-old educator at Stuart Cramer High School in Belmont, was arrested Friday for having sex and oral sex with a student between April 1 and July 31, the Gaston Gazette reported, citing arrest warrants.

Rothwell, a 10-year employee of Gaston County Schools, was ordered held on $1 million bond during a court appearance late 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.

A message seeking additional comment regarding Rothwell, of Charlotte, was not immediately returned early Monday by Gaston County Schools, but her profile page on its website has been removed. 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.

Rothwell, who was emotional during her initial court appearance Friday, is scheduled to return to court Monday to seek a reduction in her bond, according to the Gaston Gazette.


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