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Warrant: Ex-Durham teacher has tattoo of student's name

Posted October 24, 2014

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— A former Durham teacher charged with having sex with a Charles E. Jordan High School student had a tattoo of the student's name and initials, according to a search warrant released Friday.

Michelle Smith White, 37, of Penrith Drive in Durham, was charged in July with taking indecent liberties with a student and engaging in a sex offense with a student.

Authorities said White formed a friendship with the female student in 2012, when the girl was 15, and it later evolved into a sexual relationship.

The girl's parents asked White in April not to communicate with their daughter, but a month later, they found the two were still exchanging text messages, according to an affidavit by the Durham County Sheriff's Office to obtain a warrant to search White's home, computers and cellphones. Some of the texts included the word "threesome" and alluded to "the involvement of Ms. White's husband," the affidavit states.

Police seized a laptop computer, two tablet computers, two cellphones, a video camera, several framed photos of White with the girl, a handwritten card to the girl and a binder filled with notes from White's husband to the girl from White's home, according to the search warrant.

The search warrant also instructed officers to photograph White to show her tattoo showing the girl's name, initials and "artist rendering which would be symbolic of the juvenile."

White worked at Jordan High as a dance teacher from March 1997 until she resigned in April, according to Durham Public Schools officials.

The search warrant affidavit notes that White left her job while the school district was in the midst of its second investigation into her relationship with the student.


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  • gerdastein Oct 24, 2014

    It is not a "sexual relationship" when the child is 15 years old. it is statutory rape

  • tri123 Oct 24, 2014

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    Not a bad idea. While we're at it, let's legalize seeking help for all pedophiles. Right now it is illegal for a pedophile to obtain help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, or really, anyone, outside of the criminal justice system. Yes, its only truly illegal if they have or could immediately molest a child, but realistically there are simply no options. How does this help anyone?

  • jwsawyer Oct 24, 2014

    This is SICK.

  • lovinlife2010 Oct 24, 2014

    Keeping it classy!

  • Air Biscuit Oct 24, 2014


    I agree...this teacher is lucky...however, and I am not sure if this post will make it, but the 2nd amendment would assure a "restraining order" of a different kind where I am from for people like this....

  • Ijaz Fahted Oct 24, 2014
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    You can't fix stupid.

  • rocket Oct 24, 2014

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    Sounds like a huge waste of money to me.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 24, 2014

    this is stranger than fiction.

  • Steven Cousler Oct 24, 2014
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    Should easily make an episode of The World's Dumbest Criminals

  • The_Analyst Oct 24, 2014

    If the state education system doesn't have it already, they should have some sort of confidential help line for teachers that have predatory impulses toward their students. Apparently this is more enticing than Crack Cocaine or the Apple in that fabled garden long ago! This is why I can't work in a bakery (snark). it would be better for all if we could head off these impulses before students' psyches and teachers' careers are wrecked.