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Ex-Teacher Pleads No Contest to Student Sex Charge

Posted June 15, 2007
Updated June 18, 2007

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— A former Johnston County teacher has pleaded no contest to a charge of having sex with an 11-year-old student, authorities said.

Rebecca Withrow, 30, of 265 Cambridge Elm Drive in Clayton, was sentenced to 120 days in jail but was given credit for the 40 days she already has served. She was also placed on supervised probation for five years and was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and to avoid all contact with the student and his family.

As part of a plea deal, first-degree rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child charges were dismissed. She resigned from Johnston County Schools last October as authorities investigated the allegations.

At the time of her arrest, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said the boy's mother claimed Withrow also had an affair with her husband.

Withrow is divorced and has two young daughters.

Editor's note: WRAL.com erroneously stated that Withrow admitted having sex with a fifth-grade student between February and June of 2003. WRAL.com apologizes for the error.

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  • many moons Jun 16, 2007

    Withrow admitted that she had sex with a fifth-grader in her Polenta Elementary School classroom between February and June of 2003.

    Offender: That is a confession.

  • THE ETERNAL Jun 16, 2007

    FORGIVE AND FORGET THE ILLUSION

  • Comments Jun 16, 2007

    Wow....she had a fling with the kid and his old man....she gets around! Sounds like she needs some addiction treatment.

  • defabz Jun 16, 2007

    Charges for first-degree rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child were dismissed? Does this mean she does not have to register as a sex offender? This combined with the ridiculously short sentence leads me to say - justice has not been served. I wish the judge would reject the plea and insist on more jail time.

  • TAO Jun 16, 2007

    I know how much some people here like to bash my website, but I'm going to be pretty clear here: if she really did this, she does deserve a hefty sentence that fits the crime. When she does the time, she deserves a second chance...but for now, she needs a lot of time to think about what she has done. My only concern is that she's entering a plea of no contest because she has been backed into a legal corner by dirty prosecution, and as we have learned here in North Carolina recently, that is not outside of the realm of possibility; rather, it is closer to the norm.

  • floyd_lawson Jun 15, 2007

    11 YEARS OLD AND SHE'S WALKING...THIS CAN'T HAPPEN!!!! COLOR DOESN'T MATTER, IF IT WASN'T FOR THE PICTURE I WOULDN'T KNOW ANYONES RACE AND IT STILL DOESN'T MATTER. 11 YEARS OLD DOES MATTER...HANG HER!!!

  • many moons Jun 15, 2007

    A 11year old child, should have been given jail time, if this was a adult male and young girl they would have put him under jail.Talking about double standard, to do something like this to a child (male or female)is unforgivable.Sickooooooo!

  • Muddy Jun 15, 2007

    Yuck'''''''''&#
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  • TeachermanZ Jun 15, 2007

    "God has forgiven her.. shouldn't everybody else?"

    She hasn't asked for forgiveness. She hasn't said "I did it. I'm Sorry." She said "I'm not going to argue with you about it" (paraphrased).

  • MissBee Jun 15, 2007

    As I read this, my 11 year old son came through the room. I can't even imagine what I would do in a similiar situation. Only my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ could get me through that. Praying for the victim and his family

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