Dothan principal's case to be in juvenile court

Andrew Sewell (Courtesy: Dothan High School website)
Andrew Sewell (Courtesy: Dothan High School website)

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A criminal case against a Dothan High School principal charged with contributing to the deliqunancy of a minor could be tried in juvenile court. But proceedings would be open to the public.

Houston County Circuit Judge Brad Mendheim said Wednesday all cases of contributing to the delinquency of a minor are tried in juvenile court.

But he said everything except for the child's name is considered public information.

Dothan High School principal Andrew Dwight Sewell was arrested last week and charged with the misdemeanor.

The 41-year-old was released after posting $600 bond.

His attorney was in court and not immediately available for comment Wednsday.

Authorities said the principal is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student under the age of 18.

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