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Ex-teacher pleads guilty to student sex charge

Posted January 14, 2010 1:33 p.m. EST

— A former teacher in New Hanover and Pitt counties pleaded guilty Wednesday to have an intimate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

Jessica Bailey Wishnask, 27, pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a minor and was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

Wishnask was arrested May 23 when police found her having "intimate contact" with the boy in a car parked in downtown Wilmington.

She resigned her position as a seventh-grade language arts teacher in Pitt County following her arrest. She was suspended from teaching in New Hanover County schools in the fall of 2008 before leaving for Pitt County. New Hanover County officials never released details of the suspension.