Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gina Watring pleads guilty to sex with child

Gina Marie Watring, 42-year-oldmother of 3 from Durham, North Carolina, has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual activity with a student, indecent liberties with a child, first-degree kidnapping and child abduction.

Wantring, former teacher’s assistant for dance and drama at Creekside Elementary School in Durham, was facing 70½ years in jail, but the judge accepted the deal worked out by lawyers and sentenced her to 58 months to 79 months in prison. Once her prison sentence is completed, Watring will be required to serve 36 months of probation to be served in California while living with her parents.

The victim attended the southern Durham school, where Watring would pull him from the bus line to spend time with him, Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said. When it appeared the relationship between the two was more than a student having a crush on his teacher, the child’s mom spoke with Watring about it. Watring bought a phone for the boy so they could communicate using text messages. Prosecutors say Watring also took the boy from his home at least twice so they could perform sex acts on each other and have ful sexual intercourses. In court prosecutors read a letter written by the victim explaining - in explicit details - his sexual interaction with Watring.

Also, the judge ordered her to stay away from the victim and his family. She has to register as a sex offender and can no longer work with children under 16-years-old while on probation. She is also ordered to take her medication.

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