Tony Lee Worley

Tony Lee Worley, 57.

Lincolnton police arrested and charged a former Lincolnton High School principal with 11 counts of child and student sex crimes Friday.

According to a Lincolnton Police Department press release, Lincoln County Schools reported inappropriate activity on June 21 between Principal Tony Lee Worley and a Lincolnton High student.

Investigators have conducted numerous interviews with witnesses and have identified a second victim and are working to identify more, the release said.

Police searched Worley’s home on June 22. Over the last few weeks, the Lincolnton Police Criminal Investigation Division investigated with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Gastonia Police Department.

Worley, 57, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a student, five counts of felony sexual activity with a student, two counts of felony solicitation of sex with a student and two counts of misdemeanor solicitation for indecent liberties with a minor. The magistrate set his bond at $47,000, according to the release.

The Hickory Daily Record contacted Catawba County Schools several times since June 28 to confirm that Worley was once a teacher at Bandys High School. Emails and voice messages have gone unreturned.

The Lincolnton Police Department thanks the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center for its   assistance. Any victims or witnesses of this case should call Lincolnton Police Detective J. Green at 704-736-8900.

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