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North Carolina principal facing rape charges against 12-year-old student found dead

A North Carolina charter school principal sought for the statutory rape of a 12-year-old student has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted wound.

Richard Omar Knight, 35, was found Friday in a wooded area of Orange County the same day a warrant was secured for his arrest, the Goldsboro Police Department said Monday.

Knight was facing charges of statutory rape, a sex act with a student and indecent liberties with a student after police responded to a sexual assault call at Dillard Academy in Goldsboro Thursday.

The victim is a student at Dillard, where Knight had worked as principal for the past two years. He was suspended from his position as news of his sexual relationship with the student emerged, police said.

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