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Person County teacher accused of indecent liberties arrested

Posted November 16, 2011

— A teacher at Person Senior High School facing a felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a student was arrested on Wednesday, police said.

Megan Trainor, 24, of 321 Floyd Hicks Road in Timberlake, is also charged with preparing obscene photographs, slides or motion pictures.

Warrants for her arrest were issued last Thursday. She was arrested Wednesday in Wake County.

Trainor was released from the Person County Law Enforcement Center after posting $100,000 bond.

Trainor, a ninth grade math teacher, has been placed on paid suspension, Person County Schools Superintendent Larry Cartner said Friday. She has been with the school system for three years. 

The Person County Board of Education contacted authorities about a possible incident between a teacher and a student on Nov. 9. The charges are a result of that investigation.

Authorities said the male student was 16-years-old or older and was at one time enrolled at Person Senior High. It was unclear if he was still a student there.


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  • polvolee Nov 17, 2011

    Well if this is Indecent Liberties, as the article states, she is facing a Class I felony, NCGS 14-202.4(a), and also if you will read in the general statute "consent" is not a defense to this offense (NCGS 14-202.4(c) so yeah she is in some trouble and just getting her teaching status pulled is the least of her worries.

  • wesmey12 Nov 17, 2011

    All of you who are saying this is 'o.k.' or 'hot' have issues. The reason for having these laws is to protect children. A 16- y.o. is a child and is not mature enough to make important moral and ethical decisions. For that matter, most 20-year-olds aren't mature enough. I work in human services and have dealt a lot with sexual abuse and promiscuity both professionally and personally. A lot of adults with mental health issues were exposed to sex (whether consentually or not) at an early age. It can have harmful and negative effects. Also, if the teacher were a male and the student a female, I don't most of you would say it is 'o.k.'. There is a double-standard because our society seems to think it is 'o.k.' for a teenage boy to be promiscuous. It's not.

  • jncna2 Nov 17, 2011

    Kelondris, I agree! The schools should not employ teachers so close to the students age. The teacher should know better, but why take the chance?

  • Here2tellya Nov 17, 2011

    This is disgusting and stupid. She should have known better.

  • Kelondris Nov 17, 2011

    16? If you can be drafted at 16 and it is the age of consent then there shouldn't be any problem. Though if she is teaching this student, then it is very unprofessional. Though I really think just out of college teachers should not be teaching high school. They are still too close in age to those in high school and can relate to them too closely.

  • hunter38 Nov 17, 2011

    "16 is the age of consent in NC."

    This is true but the state of N.C. has a seperate law regarding teachers engaging in sex with a student. It is a misdemeanor if the teacher is less than 4 years older than the student. It is a felony if the teacher is 4 years older than the student. Consent age refers to the statutory rape laws....which does not apply to this case.

  • jncna2 Nov 17, 2011

    I agree that the events that occurred should not have. But like everyone else, I don't think it is a bad as the media has made it out to be.

  • Huey Nov 17, 2011

    I agree with The Realist. She shouldn't be teaching but anything else is overkill by the judicial system.

  • Wacky_dood Nov 16, 2011

    Exactly, RockMan. If guilty, she should lose her teaching license. I don't want to see her in jail and I especially don't want her diluting the value of the sex offender registry.

  • indrdw Nov 16, 2011

    Ashamed a teacher cannot have more discipline than to do this, consensual or not. As she ages this will still happen if not stopped.