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Ex-teacher arrested twice on sex charges involving teen

Posted June 5, 2009 10:55 a.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2009 12:43 p.m. EDT

— A former teacher in New Hanover and Pitt counties was arrested Thursday on sex charges involving a 15-year-old boy for the second time in two weeks.

According an arrest report, a police officer caught Jessica Bailey Wishnask, 27, having "intimate contact" with the boy in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am parked at 200 N. Fifth St. in Wilmington at 3:49 a.m. May 23.

The officer arrested Wishnask and charged her with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Wishnask, who has addresses listed in Leland in New Hanover County and Oak City in Martin County, was released under a $40,000 secured bond.

The New Hanover County District Attorney's Office and Wilmington police continued to investigate. On Thursday, investigators arrested Wishnask in Martin County on additional charges of felony statutory rape with a victim more than six years younger and misdemeanor dissemination of harmful material.

She was placed in the New Hanover County Jail under a $125,000 bond after a court appearance later that day.

The charges stem from contact Wishnask had with the same boy before her May 23 arrest, according to the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators have not said whether the boy was a former student of Wishnask.

Wishnask had taught seventh-grade language arts in Pitt County after being hired in February, school officials said. She resigned after her May 23 arrest.

Wishnask came to Pitt County schools after resigning from New Hanover County schools on Dec. 31, 2008. A New Hanover County school spokeswoman said that Wishnask was suspended in October and November while teaching at Williston Middle School last year. The spokeswoman could not give a reason for the suspensions.

The New Hanover County District Attorney's Office investigation was ongoing.