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Authorities examine cell phone in student sex case

Posted July 9, 2009 5:57 p.m. EDT

— Durham County Sheriff's Office investigators are examining a cell phone they believe a former teacher's aide used to contact a student she's accused of having sex with, according to a search warrant returned Thursday.

Gina Marie Watring, 40, of 106 Cricket Ground, is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $2 million bond on charges of first-degree sex offense with a child, first-degree kidnapping, felony child abduction, rape of a child by an adult offender, sex offense with a student, indecent liberties with a child and obstruction of justice.

Investigators said she had sex with a 10-year-old Creekside Elementary School student on April 10 and April 21. The boy told investigators that he and Watring had intercourse twice at her home, according to court documents. School officials also discovered the sexually charged text messages between the two.

After Watring was released from jail in April, she was ordered not to contact the boy while awaiting trial. She was rearrested last weekend after the boy's mother found a cell phone authorities believe Watring gave to him to communicate.

Watring had sent at least one photo to the cell phone, investigators said, but they declined to discuss the nature of the photo or the subject of any text messages found on the phone.

The search warrant details that investigators plan to search all call lists, voicemails and media storage locations on the phone.

Watring resigned from Creekside Elementary after her initial arrest.