Former Lincolnton HS principal gets up to 3.5 years for sex acts with student

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A former principal at Lincolnton High School has been sentenced to a maximum of three years and six months in prison for sex crimes involving a student.

Channel 9 confirmed that Tony Lee Worley was sentenced on Tuesday.

Authorities said the 58-year-old had approached a student on a dating app. Court records show that he pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court to felony counts of sex acts with a student by a school administrator.

Police had arrested Worley last year and accused him of a “romantic relationship” with a student.

Worley resigned that year.