Goldsboro police learned of the student's allegations Thursday and obtained a warrant Friday, charging Knight with statutory rape, a sex act and indecent liberties with a female at Dillard Academy Charter School, The News & Observer reported. Knight, of Smithfield, was principal of the charter school.
According to his LinkedIn page, Knight had been principal at the school since July 2016.
"This has had a devastating effect on this school and the school community as a whole," Hilda Hicks, executive director of Dillard Academy, told WRAL.
Hicks started the school in 1998.
"I can safely say this is the most difficult school day that we've ever had," Hicks told WRAL.