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Ex-teacher's aide facing new charges

Posted July 5, 2009
Updated July 6, 2009

— A former teacher's assistant at a Durham elementary school faces obstruction of justice charges for allegedly contacting a student with whom she is accused of having sex.

Gina Marie Watring, 40, of 106 Cricket Ground, was first charged April 29 with two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child. Watring is accused of having sex with a student on April 10 and April 21.

She was released on a $200,000 unsecured bond and ordered not to contact the victim while awaiting trial.

On Saturday, Watring was arrested again and charged with obstructing justice.

According to the arrest warrant, Watring had contact with the student between June 29 and July 3. The warrant says that she gave the boy a cell phone without permission from his parents and exchanged messages and photos, along with handwritten notes.

Watring worked at Creekside Elementary School in Durham until her original arrest. According to an affidavit for a search warrant, the boy told Durham County Sheriff's Office investigators that he and Watring had intercourse twice at her home, according to the affidavit. School officials also discovered the sexual text messages between the two, the affidavit said.

Watring was being held in the Durham County Jail Sunday under a $100,000 secured bond. She is due in court Monday.


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  • nursepjs Jul 6, 2009

    I am apalled that this situation is being minimized by referrring to it as the teacher's aide having "sex" with a student. Ten year olds don't have sex. This is a 40 year old woman who raped a prepubescent child. By continuing to contact him she has also shown herself to be a predator. She should not ever be allowed out in public again. This situation, as demonstrated by the child's subsequent behavior, has obviously messed up his life.

  • manda-panda27537 Jul 6, 2009

    i am at a loss, as a parent of a young man who is 15, however at the age of 10 he had not even started puberty good, so what could this woman possibly want from a child this young, he has nothing to offer. This is just sick and dusgusting, and I a pray for the child and his family. If this were my son, she would need a good hospital and then the jail!

  • OutOfTowner Jul 6, 2009

    Kids often don't help matters. They think this is cool. I will not blame them though. As an adult, we need to use common sense. We have seen a lot of this in the last couple of years and it has become too commonplace. You would think they would see what is happening and not be tempted. Let our kids stay kids and lock all pedophiles up indefinitely.

  • 12345_here Jul 6, 2009

    Sad and disturbing. My condolences to the child and family who will have to deal with this stigma.

    The woman who did this is seriously ill, and needs to be locked away for an extremely long time.

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  • jlh4jdj Jul 6, 2009

    There is something interesting here. I remember when this story first broke, most people on here were trying to defend her and talk about how good of a person is. They were saying that she couldn't have done this. Still not a single person is attacking her as harshly as they would a man on here. I have seen people calling for the castration of man who was 20 and had sex with a 15 year old. This woman clearly has more of a age difference. If this were a man who had done all this he would already be serving a prison sentence or there would be people calling for the DA's job.

  • SweetB Jul 6, 2009

    What is comparable to castration for a woman?? She is sick! She will not stop contacting him. What age is he?? At any age below the "legal" age isn't this considered RAPE?

  • Lead by Example Jul 6, 2009

    It is impossible to rehabilitate a child molester. I work in the justice system, and am familiar with these kind of offenders. The desire for pedophiles to commit sex offenses can be compared to a normal person's desire to eat after weeks of starvation; that is how a sex offender's mind works.

    The only solution is prison, prison, prison.

  • djofraleigh Jul 6, 2009

    I think the kid is 10. She is sick in her judgment. I'm sure she thinks she isn't hurting the child, but loving him/her.

    What she is doing is using an innocent child to meet HER needs in a situation where SHE has all the power, so she fells safe, and because the child is so young, she feels clean, and pure...everything the child can't feel about her. She is a authority figure, one who provides safety and security and she is providing neither.

    Women usually get off with therapy, but this one needs to to locked away from the children she is compulsed to prey on.

    The child's parent should sue the woman for all she's got and ever will have. The kid will get that at least from this.

  • DangYankee Jul 6, 2009

    Creekside Elementary is a K-5 school, which means the child (not even an adolescent) is, TOPS, 11 years old.

    Sick and disgusting.