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Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty to Student Sex Charges

Posted July 13, 2007

— A former teacher and coach at South Johnston High School has pleaded guilty to having sex with a student, authorities said.

Cornelius Lamont White, 33, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty to two counts of having a sexual act with a student. He was arrested in March on seven counts each of  sex offense with a student and abduction of a child.

The incidents involved a 17-year-old student and occurred between last September and February, authorities said.

White was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in jail, which was suspended to 60 days behind bars. He was given credit for 44 days he has already spent in jail.

He also was placed on supervised probation for two years and was ordered to register as a sex offender.


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  • QT3.14 Jul 13, 2007

    Clearly "XTeacher" wasn't an English teacher. Although, if he/she WAS, that would certainly explain why American youth can't spell or use proper punctuation. It's a nice commentary on where the "good teachers" go...

  • NCTeacher Jul 13, 2007

    It doesn't matter that the girl was willing and 17. He was a teacher and it is illegal to have a sexual relationship with a student, even if the student is a Senior who happens to be 18. In fact, it is a felony if I remember right.

    And XTeacher- yes background checks are done and enforced. But just because someone doesn't have a record doesn't mean they aren't a criminal. It just means they haven't been caught yet.

    I agree- his punishment was way too light for something that is a felony crime and a huge violation of trust.

  • casp3r Jul 13, 2007

    Mrfeelgood= They said if you watch the tape it was rape. She was so drunk and high she could hardly stay awake..

  • gooddayfolks Jul 13, 2007

    Mr. Feelgood--- That is cazy!!! -- They were both teens!

  • will_w202 Jul 13, 2007

    1momsview - so, she is a child. The law says you are legal for consent if you are 16 or older - so, if it's your teacher, you are magically unable to consent, since tat makes you less mentally capable. And, if you are 17 and 364 days, then at 18 and 1 day, you suddenly become mentally capable? You are an idiot. You might wantto check your daughter's drawers and get a clue

  • NoToIllegals Jul 13, 2007

    Johnston County schools hire anyone. Last year there was a teacher who had a hidden code in a homework assignment that had comments like; death to America, almost fanaticism Islamic....(paraphrasing somewhat). The teacher was "forced" to resign....no legal action taken.

    That makes you feel safe, doesn't it?

    There's such a teacher shortage that I seriously doubt background checks are enforced.

    Now you know why they cannot keep good teachers for very long.
    The best NEW teachers don't hang around for very long for the most part. The bureacracy is appalling.

  • 1Moms_View Jul 13, 2007

    He deserves much worse than he received in punishment. His crime is a digusting one whether the child was consenting or not. A child is not capable of giving legal consent for sex.

  • ProudConservative Jul 13, 2007

    Man, WRAL needs a whole seperate area for these teacher sex offender stories. This is sick.

  • Mrfeelgood Jul 13, 2007

    And the kid in Georgia gets 10 years for Oral sex.............

  • Nancy Jul 13, 2007

    This case became such on an anonymous tip to police. So I'm assuming that the girl was a willing participant? Hard to tell by initial and current coverage.

    This was a substitute teacher, not daily staff.