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Teacher who was fired for having sex with 15-year-old student avoids jail by marrying him (PICTURED)

	Leah Gayle Shipman.

A teacher who had sex with her 15-year-old student has avoided going to prison by marrying the boy.

Leah Gayle Shipman, 42, married Johnnie Ray Ison two years after she was arrested for having sex with him aged just 15 at Wilmington High School in North Carolina.

That means the authorities can’t make Ison, who is now 19, give evidence against Shipman, The Wilmington Star-News reports.

This is because under North Carolina law a defendant’s spouse cannot be made to testify in criminal cases.

Brunswick County Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey reportedly said: ‘None of the statements made in this case would be admissible without the victim. The defendant has a Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses against them.’

Simpson was facing 15 years for statutory rape at the time of the wedding, which came just six days after she divorced her husband of 19 years.

Ison’s mother gave permission for son, who was still a minor, to marry.

The wedding only became public knowledge after Shipman pleaded guilty last month to resisting an officer investigating alleged abuse. She was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence. She was fired by the school.

NY Daily News


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  • Sugar mama

    Nasiru mustapha (Danjauro) January 20, 2013 8:32 pm
  • luv dont have age,sex dont have age.luv is for old nd young.luv is a wounderful thing so my der carry go.

    zee don youngzee January 20, 2013 10:59 pm
  • She will only bully that youg man with sex

    ikemba January 20, 2013 11:54 pm
    • And says who?

      babangida January 21, 2013 1:08 pm
  • If he was 15 2 years ago pls how is he 19 now

    Africanmonarch January 21, 2013 9:42 pm
  • That was quite d easiest escape route for d 42years old mama. If it were here in Africa, i wld advise d young boy to save his head bt among d whites,decadence is d order of d day;anythng goes, so am not suprised

    Don Zenith January 22, 2013 6:51 am
  • U makin it real here, keep it up. More greez 2 ur elbow. About a d marriage, its a total child abuse & d woman must b jail 4 dat. Nonsense!

    Tadey January 22, 2013 8:14 pm
  • U makin it real here, keep it up. More greez 2 ur elbow. About d marriage, its a total child abuse & d woman must b jail 4 dat. Nonsense!

    Tadey January 22, 2013 8:15 pm
  • OmG! Wonders shall neva end, what a crazy world. Lets pray o.

    Nwogu Innocent January 23, 2013 8:44 pm
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