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7/14/2020 10:39:00 AM
Worley Accepts Plea Bargain

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The whole saga took just over a year to unfold.  It was last July that Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley was arrested the day after Independence Day by Lincolnton Police.  He had resigned his position at the school June 22nd after allegations of sexual misconduct had been lodged by a former student.  

Worley was originally 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 plea bargain had him plead guilty to two class G felonies: Sex Act with a Student by a School Administrator. 

He had made an appearance in court in February of this year at which time the possibility of a plea bargain agreement was discussed.  The District Attorney’s office said they had two victims with whom Worley was allegedly involved.  They sought a conviction on the two class G felonies.  Three class I felonies were consolidated into the second class G convictiion as a part of the plea bargain agreement.

Judge Todd Pomeroy handed down the sentences to run concurrently meaning Worley will spend from 10 to 21 months in prison for each of the two convictions..  Following the sentencing, he was transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.  Since he had been free on bond since being charged, unlike some who are convicted, he had no credit for 'time served.'

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Article comment by: Kathy vinzant

I am sorry for all his victims. They received a life sentence.

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