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Eastlawn principal arrested for sex offense with student

Burlington police have announced the arrest of Daniel McInnis, principal of Eastlawn Elementary School, who has been charged today with one count of statutory sex offense on school property, a felony.

McInnis, white, male, 43, 632 Country Club Drive, Burlington, was arrested Friday, booked at the Alamance County Detention Center, and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Police said they began an investigation on December 8, after detectives in their Special Victims Unit (SVU) received information alleging a school administrator at Eastlawn was involved in misconduct with a student on school property.

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Police say officials at the school system were made aware that the administrator was under investigation and cooperated fully during the Burlington Police Department’s investigation.

School officials confirmed that McInnis has been principal at Eastlawn for 11 years, since November 5, 2012; he had previously been the assistant principal at the school since July 5, 2011. He makes $114,851.16 annually.  He was suspended with pay effective December 12, 2023, according to the school system.

In a statement issued by the school system, “We deeply regret these circumstances and the impact they may have on our students.  Our counselors and support staff stand ready to assist any students impacted.  While we must let the legal process unfold, any such allegations represent a breach of trust with our ABSS community.”
The police department has not received additional reports of misconduct and continues the investigation.

The Burlington Police Department is seeking anyone with additional information about this investigation. Please contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or use the mobile app, P3 Tips. Tips provided through Crimestoppers may be eligible for cash rewards.

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