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Former teacher avoids jail with plea in sex case

Posted February 17, 2010

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— A former Lenoir County teacher avoided jail time on charges she had sex with a student with a plea entered Tuesday.

Shannon Grace Herring, 32, of 728 Sykes Road in Kinston, was charged in March 2009 with two counts of sexual activity with a student. She was a teacher at Southern Wayne High School.

She pleaded guilty to neglect and was sentenced to 24 months unsupervised probation, ordered to pay a $300 fine and must perform 50 hours of community service and undergo a psychological evaluation.

The charge stemmed from alleged activity between Herring and a 17-year-old student off school property, authorities said.

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  • james27613 Feb 18, 2010

    She can find work at most universities, she will fit right in
    with the middle aged male professors.

  • firedude Feb 18, 2010

    The age of consent in North Carolina (the age at which a juvenile can consent to vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a person older than the juvenile, and the older person will NOT be guilty of statutory rape or sex offense) is now 16 years of age. Let me repeat that: the age of consent is now 16 years of age. Prior to October 1, 1995, the age of consent was 13 years of age. Because of the above three quoted statutes which are controlling on this issue, sometimes the older person will be guilty of a Class B1 felony, and on other occasions will be guilty of a Class C felony. More on that later. Just remember: the age of consent in all cases, situations and circumstances is now always 16 YEARS OF AGE!

  • eternalrage83 Feb 18, 2010

    Being of the male gender I have a statement and a question. First the statement:

    At that age I knew exactly what I was getting myself it to. No need to throw the teacher in jail. I suspect the same goes for females of that age.

    And now the question:

    Where were all these female teachers that were having sex with the students when I was coming along? I find it hard to believe I was that oblivious to what was going on around me.

  • prn13norm Feb 18, 2010

    Sex discrimination. If it had been a man he would have been thrown under the jail!

  • mrsmom Feb 18, 2010

    So I guess this means she doesn't have to register as a sex offender. If she were a man and the student was some daddy's 17 year old baby girl, would it be a different outcome? Probably so.

  • wildcat Feb 18, 2010

    This so-call teacher deserves 5 years prison time. Why is she getting away with this?

  • wildcat Feb 18, 2010

    PARENTS TALK TO YOUR CHILD, BOY OR GIRL ABOUT NOT EVER HAVING ANY KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR TEACHER OR COACH. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS AND NOT A JOKE. DO IT TODAY.

  • wildcat Feb 18, 2010

    This young man should get some counseling. What will his parents do about that?

  • wildcat Feb 18, 2010

    A desperate teacher cannot or so it seems, get a man of her on equal but have to resort to a child that could very well be her own son. She should never be allowed in any school setting or be around any child/teenager. She should also seek mental help and stick with it.

  • Adelinthe Feb 18, 2010

    So she just walks!?!

    What kind of punishment is that? And let's be clear, this woman should be punished just like any man who does this should be.

    God bless.

    RB

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