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Ex-teacher arrested twice on sex charges involving teen

Posted June 5, 2009

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— A former teacher in New Hanover and Pitt counties was arrested Thursday on sex charges involving a 15-year-old boy for the second time in two weeks.

According an arrest report, a police officer caught Jessica Bailey Wishnask, 27, having "intimate contact" with the boy in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am parked at 200 N. Fifth St. in Wilmington at 3:49 a.m. May 23.

The officer arrested Wishnask and charged her with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Wishnask, who has addresses listed in Leland in New Hanover County and Oak City in Martin County, was released under a $40,000 secured bond.

The New Hanover County District Attorney's Office and Wilmington police continued to investigate. On Thursday, investigators arrested Wishnask in Martin County on additional charges of felony statutory rape with a victim more than six years younger and misdemeanor dissemination of harmful material.

She was placed in the New Hanover County Jail under a $125,000 bond after a court appearance later that day.

The charges stem from contact Wishnask had with the same boy before her May 23 arrest, according to the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators have not said whether the boy was a former student of Wishnask.

Wishnask had taught seventh-grade language arts in Pitt County after being hired in February, school officials said. She resigned after her May 23 arrest.

Wishnask came to Pitt County schools after resigning from New Hanover County schools on Dec. 31, 2008. A New Hanover County school spokeswoman said that Wishnask was suspended in October and November while teaching at Williston Middle School last year. The spokeswoman could not give a reason for the suspensions.

The New Hanover County District Attorney's Office investigation was ongoing.


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  • Nancy Jun 5, 2009

    What disturbs me is how a teacher will be forced out of one system for indiscretions and the school system will not honestly inform the next when they call for recommendations as to what they cut that teacher loose for.

    They just pass the bad seed around. Not unlike Dr's boards who protect bad doctors from starting up in another state.

  • grayboomerang Jun 5, 2009

    Peaceout....uh, yeah, I read the posts. Teachers who are sexually active with students deserved to be bashed.

  • rcparker24 Jun 5, 2009

    Knight724, Why was this woman released on such a low bail. This is her second incident in less than 30 days. This is clearly a case of rape and she should not have been released. I can't believe how our justice system continues to fail us.

  • peaceout Jun 5, 2009

    gray...please review posts. I am on 16 years of education and there are freaks everywhere...you don't have to look far. Some "parents" of our kids are the worst.

  • grayboomerang Jun 5, 2009

    Peaceout.....no one is bashing teachers...but this isn't the case of just one freak...how many of these stories have made the news just this year?

    When I taught public school, I also roomed with another teacher/friend. While I was dressing as an adult, she was dressing in skimpy clothing. She got a thrill out of teenagers looking at her and deeming her HOT....she was even called into the prinipal's office once because a parent complained. Kid had gone home and told his parents that he couldn't concentrate in class because of Miss So and So's legs. The normal adult would be mortified...she was proud of it and enjoyed sharing that story.

  • sharonsboys2 Jun 5, 2009

    I wouldn't blame this on the boys parents. I have a 17 year old son who just lost his license because of bad grades. About a month ago he had gone to bed before me. I checked on him when I went to bed. He seemed to be sound asleep. I woke up about 12:30 to get a drink and checked on him again (I have a 19 year old and I check on him too). He was not in his bed. I checked the house and couldn't find him anywhere. I then realized my keys were gone. He had taken my car and was gone until 3:00 in the morning. When I reached him on his cell phone he told me that a friend had called him to pick him up because the friend was afraid to call his parents. Now you might say that I'm a bad parent, but a parent can't stay awake 24/7 to watch their child.

  • Caveman93 Jun 5, 2009

    it is too easy to become a teacher, and a lot of people sorta fall into that out of college who probably should not be doing it. It should be harder to become a teacher, and the rewards should be greater."

    You hit the nail on the head, jprime

    Totally agree! I have partied with some "teachers" before. They are not the people parents are led to believe.

  • tgw Jun 5, 2009

    I have many questions!! Where was the background check prior to her being hired in New Hanover Co.? Where were the young man's parents? Why was he out at 3:30AM?

    He thinks its great. He was a hero with all his buds!! He was getting some... Hope he does not end up with some disease!!!

    If the perpitrator was a man and the student a girl, you're right-bond would be $1M. Double standard-AGAIN or should I say-STILL!!

  • peaceout Jun 5, 2009

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Let's bad mouth teachers on the last week of school because of 1 freak! Seriously people! I think it should be mandatory for people to wait tables and be teachers...a whole new perspective would be bestowed upon you whiners.

  • spotted horse rider Jun 5, 2009

    Can you spell S-E-X O-F-F-E-N-D-E-R?