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Former ABSS principal pleads guilty to disseminating obscenity

A former Alamance-Burlington principal, Robert Edward Drummond, 43, white male, of 909 Brookview Drive, Elon, has pleaded guilty to felony dissemination of obscenity.

Drummond had been employed as the principal at Turrentine Middle School from 2019 until 2021 and as an assistant principal at Williams High School from 2015 until 2019, ABSS officials confirmed at the time.

Robert Edward Drummond

Drummond originally had been charged in December 2022 with second degree felony exploitation of a minor.  North Carolina criminal statutes describe that offense as recording, photographing, filming, or duplicating a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity; and/or distributing such material.

That charge is classified as a Class E felony, which carries a potential sentence of up to 15 to 31 months of prison time.

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Drummond, however, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of felony dissemination of obscenity, Class I felony that could have carried a sentence of between six and 17 months’ prison time, according to documents filed in Alamance County criminal superior court.

Drummond received a suspended sentence with 18 months’ supervised probation, according to his court file.  He could be transferred to unsupervised probation after 12 months, providing he remains in compliance with the terms of his probation.

Alamance County senior resident superior court judge Tom Lambeth, Jr. ordered Drummond to remain under the care of a physician, identified in the court file as only “Dr. Hersh” until he’s successfully discharged.  Lambeth also ordered Drummond’s iPad and iPhone to be destroyed.  He was ordered to pay $208 in court costs following a hearing in Alamance county superior court earlier this year.

Drummond’s arrest in December 2022 stemmed from a tip, alleging that “child sexual abuse material files” had been uploaded to the internet by an individual in Elon, received by the Special Victims Unit within the Alamance County sheriff’s department.  Investigators subsequently served a search warrant at the home in Elon where the files were believed to have been uploaded.

Electronic devices seized at the scene produced forensic evidence that led investigators to believe that Drummond had uploaded a file containing “child sexual abuse material” to the internet.

The case was prosecuted by Alamance County assistant district attorney Elizabeth Olivier.  Greensboro attorney Daniel Allen Harris represented Drummond, who had no prior criminal convictions, according to the court file.

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