Alamance-Burlington school superintendent Dr. Dain Butler has suspended his second-in-command, Lowell Rogers, after the State Bureau of Investigation charged Rogers Monday with failing to report a crime against a juvenile.

James Lowell (“Lowell”) Rogers has been charged with misdemeanor failure to report a crime against a juvenile, according to a criminal summons filed by the SBI in Alamance County district court.

Rogers, 47, white male, of 2326 Marlow Drive in Burlington, is charged with allegedly failing to report a sex offense against a seven-year-old victim on November 13, 2023, according to documents on file in Alamance County criminal court. He is scheduled for a first appearance in Alamance County district court on March 7.

Rogers remains employed as the deputy superintendent for ABSS, but school officials said Tuesday that he is suspended with pay due to the pending criminal charge.

Butler had just announced Monday morning that Rogers would handle the duties for former chief finance officer Kim McVey during a search for an interim CFO (see separate story).

Rogers’ current annual pay totals $173,055.95, which includes his state-funded base salary of $149,186.16, plus a state-funded administrative supplement of $23,869.79, based on salary data previously furnished by ABSS.

 

Two alleged sex offenses involving two separate victims

Rogers is the second ABSS administrator to be charged with a crime against a child or failing to report a possible crime against a child since December 29, 2023.

Alamance County court files state that the crime which Rogers allegedly failed to report involved a seven-year-old victim.  McInnis is charged with an alleged felony sex offense involving a nine-year-old victim.

The criminal summons that the SBI issued for Rogers stated, “The defendant unlawfully and willfully did and knowingly fail to report immediately a sexual offense that the defendant reasonably should have known was committed against I.B.R. [an approximately 7-year-old male], who was a juvenile at the time of the offense.”

North Carolina’s mandatory reporting law – enacted by the General Assembly in 1971 – was amended in 2013 to establish a criminal penalty for failing to report certain crimes against juveniles.    The charge is classified as a Class I misdemeanor, with a conviction carrying a jail sentence of up to 120 days, plus fines and court costs.

Then-principal of Eastlawn Elementary School, Daniel Stephen McInnis, 43, white male, of 632 Country Club Drive, Burlington was charged on December 29 with an alleged felony sex offense against a nine-year-old victim that occurred on November 21, 2023, according to his court file.

McInnis’ arrest warrant stated that “the defendant unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did engage in a sex act with A.R.P., a child who was under the age of 13 years, namely 9 years old.”

Rogers was not booked in the Alamance County jail; nor was he required to make a first appearance in court after he was served with the criminal summons on Monday, according to his Alamance County court file.

McInnis, by comparison, was booked in the Alamance County jail on December 29 and initially placed under a $500,000 secured bond that was later reduced to $250,000.

Alamance County chief district court judge Kathryn “Katie” Overby imposed the secured bond as a condition for McInnis’ release from jail, citing “the nature of this offense, including the allegation the child is 9 years old,” based on written findings she made and signed on January 2.

McInnis was subsequently released from jail, pending his trial, after a cash bond was posted by Eric McInnis of Monroe.  He is currently scheduled to appear in Alamance County criminal district court on March 14.

Emily-Lynn Adkins, the public information officer for the Burlington police department, confirmed for The Alamance News Wednesday morning that “there were some allegations made” about a possible failure to report a crime involving McInnis that the department later referred to the SBI.

The Burlington police department had received information on December 8 about an alleged sex offense by McInnis and the Special Victims’ Unit opened an investigation that day, Adkins recalled in the interview.

The police department’s PIO, however, said she could not confirm that the two incidents – the alleged failure to report by Rogers or the alleged felony sex offense by McInnis – are in any way related.

The school board has announced a special called meeting for 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon in order to enter into closed session to consult with an attorney and to discuss confidential personnel information.