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Ex-Teacher Pleads No Contest to Student Sex Charge

Posted June 15, 2007 11:45 a.m. EDT
Updated June 18, 2007 9:00 a.m. EDT

— A former Johnston County teacher has pleaded no contest to a charge of having sex with an 11-year-old student, authorities said.

Rebecca Withrow, 30, of 265 Cambridge Elm Drive in Clayton, was sentenced to 120 days in jail but was given credit for the 40 days she already has served. She was also placed on supervised probation for five years and was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and to avoid all contact with the student and his family.

As part of a plea deal, first-degree rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child charges were dismissed. She resigned from Johnston County Schools last October as authorities investigated the allegations.

At the time of her arrest, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said the boy's mother claimed Withrow also had an affair with her husband.

Withrow is divorced and has two young daughters.

Editor's note: WRAL.com erroneously stated that Withrow admitted having sex with a fifth-grade student between February and June of 2003. WRAL.com apologizes for the error.