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North Carolina former teacher accused of sex crimes with student

A Durham, North Carolina, woman who was a former dance teacher at Charles E. Jordan High School stands accused of having sex with a female student. The 37-year-old married woman also allegedly got a tattoo of the teen's initials, name and likeness.

According to officials, the woman became friendly with the girl two years ago when she was 15. The relationship allegedly evolved into an intimate relationship. In July, the former teacher was charged with taking indecent liberties with her student.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant to gain access to the woman's cellphones, computers and home. The girl's parents had interceded last April and asked that the teacher cease communicating with their daughter but discovered that they were still texting one another. According to the affidavit used to secure the search warrant, the word "threesome" was mentioned in the texts and the woman's husband's participation was alluded to.

Some of the items seized in the search included a video camera, binder of notes from the teacher's husband to the student, numerous computers and electronic devices and a handwritten card to the teenage girl.

Officers serving the warrant on the former instructor were to photograph the tattoo on the woman's body.

The affidavit states that when the school was investigating the teacher for the second time over her allegedly improper relationship with the student, she resigned.

Anyone facing allegations of sex crimes involving a minor need competent, professional legal representation on these serious charges. While anyone can make a mistake, the courts are notoriously unforgiving to those charged with sexual offenses against minors. A North Carolina criminal defense attorney can fight to have evidence tossed out and sometimes negotiate plea bargains to lesser chargers with the prosecution.

Source: WRAL, "Warrant: Ex-Durham teacher has tattoo of student's name" Arielle Clay, Oct. 24, 2014

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