Crime & Courts

Fired Airport High administrator had sex with student while at school, officials say

A fired Lexington County high school administrator is charged with sexual battery of a student after turning herself in to Columbia police Saturday morning.

Former Airport High School assistant principal Dawn Diimmler was fired by the Lexington 2 school board Feb. 12.

Diimmler, 44, is accused of having sexual intercourse at the school with a 19-year-old Airport student over whom she had direct supervision, officials said Saturday.

She’s accused of having sex with the student twice at the school during their three-month relationship in 2017, according to city of Cayce spokeswoman Ashley Hunter. Airport High School is located in Cayce.

She’s also accused of having sex with the student outside of school in the Columbia city limits, Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.

Diimmler was being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Saturday morning. Her bond was set at $30,000.

Diimmler will face charges in both Columbia and Cayce, Hunter said. She was charged by Columbia police Saturday and will be charged by the Cayce Department of Public Safety on Sunday morning, Hunter said.

Columbia attorney Deborah Barbier is representing Diimmler. Reached by The State newspaper Saturday morning, Barbier said she did not have any comments to make on the case at this time.

A Lexington 2 school district spokeswoman said Diimmler’s firing came after an investigation into allegations Diimmler was involved in an “unprofessional relationship with a student.” During that investigation, the district uncovered information that indicated possible criminal activity and notified Cayce police on Jan. 30, officials have said.

School district and law enforcement officials have not commented until now on details about the investigation, including the circumstances of the alleged relationship.

Earlier on Feb. 12, Diimmler and Airport High principal Brad Coleman were placed on administrative leave. During the board’s special meeting that night, board members voted to approve a recommendation from the superintendent to terminate a district assistant principal, who was later identified as Diimmler.

The district has not commented on the reasoning behind Coleman’s administrative leave but said he remains principal of Airport High School.

The State has filed an open-records request with the district for Diimmler’s personnel file.