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Goldsboro principal charged with statutory rape found dead in Orange County

A parking spot at the Carrboro Police Department.

A parking spot at the Carrboro Police Department.

A Goldsboro principal accused of statutory rape, a sex act with a student and indecent liberties with a student was found dead in Orange County, according to the Goldsboro Police Department.

Richard Knight was the principal at Dillard Academy. The Goldsboro Police Department learned about his relationship with a 12-year-old girl on Nov. 15 and issued an arrest the next day. The police released a statement today that deputies in the Orange County Sheriff's Office found his body in a wooded area on Nov. 16. The cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted injury. 

His body has been sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The investigation into the allegation is still ongoing.

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Anna Pogarcic

Anna Pogarcic is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. She is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying journalism and history major. 

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