DURHAM — A Durham County district judge on Thursday denied a request to lower the bail for a teacher assistant accused of having sex with a student.
Gina Marie Watring, 40, of 106 Cricket Ground was charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual offense with a student.
Watring made her first appearance before Judge Brian Wilks in the county jail's courtroom Thursday.
Steve Monks, a Durham lawyer, asked the judge to lower her bail from $100,000 because she has three children at home, he said. Monks goes to church with Watring.
Wilks denied the request.
Durham County sheriff's investigators accused Watring of having sex with at least one student on April 10 and 21 while she was employed at Creekside Elementary School, according to arrest warrants. The student attended Creekside.
Durham Public Schools spokesman Michael Yarbrough said Watring resigned from the school system Tuesday.
Staff writer Anne Blythe