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Assistant Principal Accused Of Months-Long Sexual Relationship With Student

A Gaston County magistrate placed a $1 million bond on Lisa Rothwell's release based on the serious nature of the charges.

By M.L. Nestel

A judge set a $1 million bail for an assistant high school principal accused of carrying on a four-month sexual relationship with a student. 

Lisa Rothwell, 34, who served as the assistant principal at Belmont, North Carolina’s Stuart Cramer High School, was booked on Friday for a half dozen sex offenses allegedly committed over the spring and summer months, Gaston County District court officials confirmed to Oxygen.com, citing the arrest warrant.

Rothwell allegedly served as the “school administrator” that Gaston County investigators suspect engaged in “vaginal intercourse with a student,” between the months of April 1 and July 1, according to the arrest warrant.

During a Friday night court hearing, a sobbing Rothwell appeared before a Gaston County magistrate. 

The judge considered the gravity of the charges and placed a $1 million bond on her release, The Gaston County Gazette reported.

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The assistant principal remains in the county lockup as a result, and so far has been unable to come up with the $150,000 bail, jail records show. 

Rothwell is expected to appear again on Monday before a District Court judge where she will have the ability to request a reduction in her bond. 

Following the arrest and booking, Rothwell, who had worked for the Gaston County Schools since 2009, was swiftly suspended by the Gaston County Schools, though with pay, according to The Gazette.  

Before becoming an assistant principal, the educator taught gifted children at Springfield and Kiser elementary schools and later served as a faculty member at Stanley Middle School.