Former Airport High School assistant principal pleaded guilty to sexual harassment charges
Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) - Former Airport High School assistant principal Dawn Diimmler pleaded guilty last week to sexual harassment for her actions when she reportedly had sex with a student who attended that school in Lexington District Two. She had been charged by the City of Cayce Department of Public Safety and the City of Columbia Police Department after the allegations came to light this year. She was charged by both departments because she had more than one sexual encounter with the student; once while in Cayce at the high school, and at a hotel near the mall in the City of Columbia's jurisdiction. The sexual encounters happened while the student was in his final year of high school between March and May of 2017.
In the plea arrangement, Diimmler was allowed to plead guilty to second degree sexual harassment. The charges against her involved a student who was the age of consent at the time of their sexual encounters. Diimmler broke South Carolina law because as the assistant principal, she was in a position of authority over him at school. Once the school and district were notified of her alleged involvement with a student, she was immediately suspended and then fired from her job. The school's principal, Brad Coleman, was also suspended pending the outcome of a district investigation. He was eventually fully exonerated, and the district gave the go ahead for his return to Airport. He still resigned saying that he felt he and his family needed a fresh start. He currently is an administrator with another school district.