• Former SC assistant principal pleads guilty to sex charge

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A former assistant principal at a South Carolina high school accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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    News outlets reported Dawn Proffitt Diimmler pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a $200 fine.

    Diimmler worked at Airport High School in West Columbia when she was accused of having a relationship with a 19-year-old student.

    Police in Cayce and Columbia each charged Diimmler in February with one count of sexual battery with a student, which has a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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    Diimmler was fired in February for the relationship that police say occurred in 2017.

    It's a crime for school personnel to have sex with a student, regardless of the student's age.

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