On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Lincolnton Police Department received a report from the Lincoln County School System Administration regarding inappropriate activity between a school principal and a former student of Lincolnton High School. The victim reported the inappropriate activity had begun while they were a student. The Principal involved was identified as Tony Lee Worley, the current principal of Lincolnton High School.
The case was immediately forwarded to the Lincolnton Police Criminal Investigation Division who worked throughout the night of June 21st and the morning of June 22nd. A search warrant to search the residence of Tony Lee Worley’s was served at approximately 4:30 AM on the morning of June 22nd.
Over the last couple of weeks the Lincolnton Police Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Gastonia Police Department have continued the investigation. Preservation letters were issued to a number of social media and online dating websites to give investigators opportunities to obtain search warrants. A number of search warrants have already been served with a number still to come.
Investigators have conducted numerous interviews with witnesses and have identified at least one additional victim. Investigators continue to work to identify additional victims. The Lincolnton Police Department would like to thank the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center for their assistance with this case.
Investigators have been in contact with Tony Lee Worley during the course of this investigation. Tony Lee Worley, W/M, DOB 06/08/1962 was arrested this morning and charged with the 2 counts of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Student, 5 counts of Felony Sexual Activity with a Student, 2 counts of Felony Solicitation of Sex with a Student and 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Solicitation for Indecent Liberties with a minor. The magistrate set his bond at $47,000.
The Lincolnton Police Department would ask any victims or witnesses to please contact Lincolnton Police Detective J Green at (704) 736-8900.