Lawanda Cummings (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
IRMO, SC (WIS) -
Lexington-Richland School District Five officials say the Dutch Fork Middle School cafeteria worker and the student she's accused of having a sexual relationship with were acquainted through off-school activities and no inappropriate incidents happened at school.
Columbia Police on Monday arrested 42-year-old Lawanda Ann Cummings and charged her with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
According to investigators, Cummings had sex with a 13-year-old student at her Harbison Gardens apartment last year.
Cummings was employed at the school at the time of the allegations, police said.
District officials say the charges are not related to contact between Cummings and the student at the school. The two were acquainted through off-school activities, according to district spokesperson Mark Bounds.
"There is no indication that any inappropriate activities occurred on school property when Ms. Cummings was on duty or when the student was under the school's care," said Bounds.
District officials learned of the allegation when the student told his guidance counselor.
"Obviously, we are heartbroken for the victim," said Bounds. "It is tragic when the innocence of any child is taken away. We will ensure the student receives any necessary counseling and support."
Cummings was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center to face the charge.
She is on paid administrative leave and will not be allowed
to return to the school until this issue is resolved, Bounds said.