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Airport High administrator fired over student sex scandal gives up teaching license

The Airport High School assistant principal who was fired over a sex scandal has chosen to give up her teaching license.

Dawn Diimmler lost her South Carolina educator certificate on April 9, when the South Carolina School Board accepted her request to give up her license. Diimmler also waived her right to a hearing before the board.

On Feb. 12, 2018, Diimmler was placed on administrative leave from the Lexington 2 school district and, hours later, was fired by the school board.

Diimmler was later arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery with a student over the age of 18 — one charge was filed by the Columbia Police Department and the other with the Cayce Department of Public Safety. An investigation found she had engaged in an “unprofessional relationship” with a 19-year-old student in 2017.

She later pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of second degree harassment.

In December, a judge sentenced her to 30 days in jail or a $200 fine.

Cayce police said Diimmler had sex with a student twice at the school. Columbia police say she had six with a student in April 2017 at a Harbison-area hotel.

In South Carolina, it is a crime for a K-12 teacher or school administrator to have sex with a student enrolled at the school regardless of the student’s age.

Isabella Cueto is a bilingual multimedia journalist covering Lexington County, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina. She previously worked as a reporter for the Medill Justice Project and WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied journalism and theatre arts.
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