Former teacher avoids jail with plea in sex case
Posted February 17, 2010 5:51 p.m. EST
Dudley, N.C. — A former Lenoir County teacher avoided jail time on charges she had sex with a student with a plea entered Tuesday.
Shannon Grace Herring, 32, of 728 Sykes Road in Kinston, was charged in March 2009 with two counts of sexual activity with a student. She was a teacher at Southern Wayne High School.
She pleaded guilty to neglect and was sentenced to 24 months unsupervised probation, ordered to pay a $300 fine and must perform 50 hours of community service and undergo a psychological evaluation.
The charge stemmed from alleged activity between Herring and a 17-year-old student off school property, authorities said.