A former Hillside High School teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to kissing a 15-year-old student.
Stephen Laron Boyd, 24, entered the plea under a state law that allows him to avoid admitting he did the crime, taking indecent liberties with a student. He was placed on three years probation and required to enroll in a program for sex offenders. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could have to serve six to eight months in prison.
Boyd was a student teacher at the high school on Oct. 6, 2004, said his attorney Butch Williams. He was a recent graduate and just starting his career.
On that day in October, the student confided to Boyd that she was confused about her sexual orientation, Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cline said. Boyd took her aside and kissed her on the mouth.
The News & Observer does not identify victims of sex-related crimes.
As a condition of his probation Superior Court Judge Ronald Stephens ordered that Boyd, who now lives in Warren County, cannot work in a school with minors. Boyd made a mistake, Williams said, and he is paying for it.
"He's a good young man," Williams said. "He made an inappropriate gesture."
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