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Former teacher avoids jail with plea in sex case

Posted February 17, 2010 5:51 p.m. EST

— 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.