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Ex-teacher charged with having sex with student

Posted July 16, 2008
Updated July 17, 2008

— A former Hobbton Middle School teacher is charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her former students, authorities said.

Jeannie Michelle Hodges, 39, of 12237 Dunn Road in Autryville, was charged Tuesday with statutory rape, sexual offense with a student and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was held in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office received a tip last month that a teacher had had an affair with a 15-year-old boy while working at Hobbton Middle in Newton Grove. Investigators determined the relationship started toward the end of the school year and that the boy had spent several nights at the teacher's house over a two-month period.

Hodges left her teaching job before the end of the school year, authorities said.

"Parents and other teachers cannot help but (be) feeling betrayed by Ms. Hodges' actions," Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a statement. "I hope this isolated incident doesn't undermine the public's confidence in the efforts of the other teachers and educators, who work hard to ensure our children receive a safe and sound education."

Thornton told WRAL that the teacher didn't try to hide the affair.

"She didn't deny it and was pretty frank about it having occurred," he said, adding that investigators don't believe any other students were involved.

The Sampson County Schools issued a statement that said Hodges had a good record as an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Hobbton Middle for the past three years.

"Sampson County Schools is aware of the charges brought against Ms. Hodges," the statement said. "It saddens us to learn of such charges. Sampson County Schools holds its teachers to high moral and ethical standards."

Thornton said the charges affect the credibility of all local teachers.

"To be quite honest with you, this teacher let her co-workers down to be involved in something like this. It's not a true indicator of all other teachers that we have in our school system," he said.


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  • Myra Jul 23, 2008

    The Sheriff, the School, everyone HOPES it doesn't reflect on the other teachers and the school. I have not in years seen one official say they are sorry for the child/student.
    Children have no value in NC. These magnificent teachers are the ones who taught our kids and NC schools scored low in failing to achieve NCLB goals.. Perhaps if they spent more time teaching and less time offending - the childrne could learn. I AM SORRY FOR THE CHILD WHO WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A TEACHER. THIS IS A FELONY. My prediction is the court will let her plead down and she will get Probation only. It's what usually happens in these cases.

  • jlvjohnson Jul 17, 2008

    My child had this teacher in the 6th grade in another county and she was one of the best teachers she ever had...I am truly saddened by this!

  • ltbarkley Jul 17, 2008

    When I was 15 that was one of my biggest fantasies!

  • 1Moms_View Jul 16, 2008

    It doesn't matter how a child is dressing when it come to situations like this. The teacher is the adult and is responsible for that child's safety and wellbeing. The teacher has no business ever entering any type of relationship with a student other than teacher/student. She doesn't need probation, she needs jail time. She committed a crime. This woman shouldn't be allowed near children any longer if the charges are proven.

  • dianadarling Jul 16, 2008

    15 year old in 8th grade? My 12 year old is going in eighth grade and will turn 13.
    My 15 year old is a rising junior.
    She obviously took advantage of someone not quite all there.

  • SnakeLady Jul 16, 2008

    :) Over all, it's another reason I'm glad that I have remained "Child-free!" :)

  • grayboomerang Jul 16, 2008

    Snakelady....If I were you, I wouldn't be admiting that.....whether they "look" like young men or not..they are children in the eyes of the COURT.

  • animaenagerie Jul 16, 2008

    Way, way back to the Admiral's comments: You should not, under any circumstances, discriminate against people due to their orientations or preferences. That refers to denying people the rights guaranteed them by law. Hand in hand with that goes the fact that your orientations and preferences do not give you the right to break the law. If you are going to slap, use both hands.

  • bcc Jul 16, 2008

    This is surely the most hilarious thread of posts I've seen on here. You gals are too much. Now we have a Snakelady talking about her sexual peak. By the way, the reason a 15 year old is still in middle school is because he is stoopid, yet smart enough to take the bait...

  • finesse187 Jul 16, 2008

    For some reason within the last few years so many cases have been in the media about teachers having inappopriate relationships with the students. Yes some 15yr. olds and younger don't look their age but it's the adults responsiblity to draw the line. I've seen some of these teachers give excuses that the students were the aggressors but I still say "you're the adult draw the line and tell them right from the being that it is wrong and nothing will ever happen between us". It so many other things you have to worry about when our kids are sent into the world I would have never thought you would have to worry about teachers preying on children like they are now.