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Durham teacher's aide pleads guilty to sex with 10-year-old student

Posted September 3, 2010

— Gina Marie Watring, who was a teacher's aide at Durham's Creekside Elementary School, pleaded guilty Thursday to having sex with a 10-year-old student.

She was sentenced to up to six and a half years in jail, following by three years probation.

Watring, of 106 Cricket Ground, was arrested in April 2009 on charges including first-degree kidnapping, felony child abduction, rape of a child by an adult offender, sex offense with a student and indecent liberties with a child.

The boy told investigators the couple had intercourse twice at her home, according to court documents. School officials also discovered sexually charged text messages between the two.


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  • lkanzig Sep 6, 2010

    just a sick and worthless person that would do something like that!

  • itsmyownopinion Sep 3, 2010

    "What would make ANY adult want to have sex with a child? This world and the people in it are getting sicker by the day! Is there any GOOD news that can be reported by the media??"

    This sort of crime has been kept in the closet far too long and it needs to be exposed to raise awareness so that people pay more attention to what's going on.

  • theroadislong Sep 3, 2010

    Just another reason why I should probably homeschool my two precious daughters. :(

  • jtd1969 Sep 3, 2010

    I thought this person was a teacher's assistant??? Now you're calling her a teacher? A teacher's assistant is not a certified employee. Meaning no college education necessary. This is what you get sometimes when pay roughly $20,000 to work with children... I think the article needs to be correct and not refer to this person as a teacher, because she wasn't a certified teacher.

  • AX Sep 3, 2010

    So sad. Will the students family sue the school system? I understand the principal first dismissed the allegations when it was first brought up by a teacher many weeks before it came to light. Mysteriously the teacher was immediately transferred to a different school. is this a "hush hush and keep your job " tactic ??

  • Bon Viveur Sep 3, 2010

    I personally have a friend that told me of having sex with adults when they were 11 years old. They also said that THEY were the aggressor and seduced the adult men in question, and then threatened to blackmail the gentlemen if they didn't continue the sexual relationship. My very own stepdaughter was pregnant at age 12 by a 25 year old she met at Summer Camp. She completely freaked out when she was told that she couldn't see the man again. People who think that many young people are not highly sexual are quite simply delusional.

  • wildcat Sep 3, 2010

    May parents get it together TODAY in the welfare of their own child. Make sure your child is safe in school. They deserve that much.

  • wildcat Sep 3, 2010

    How many parents went to open house on the first day just to meet with all the teachers and assistants that their child will be under?

  • wildcat Sep 3, 2010

    These kinds of things happens because parents are not involved with their child's school whatsoever. The teacher or assistant knows this and goes after the weak and vulnerable child.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 3, 2010

    Bipolar disorder is not the blame, sexual deviance is.