Durham News

August 6, 2014

Former Durham teacher accused of sex with student was also suspended in 2012

The Jordan High School teacher, charged with indecent liberties and sex with a female student, had her court date moved to Nov. 5, on Wednesday morning.

The former Jordan High School teacher charged with taking indecent liberties and sexual offense with a female student was suspended a year and a half before the allegations that led to her resigning.

Michelle Smith White, charged in July, is accused of having sex with the student while employed at the school in 2012. School officials say the student was 15 at the time. She was suspended on November 21, 2012 but it is unclear why she was suspended.

She was also suspended in April after the complaint from the child’s parents that accused her of having sex with the student, who is now 17.

White resigned from the Durham Public Schools later that month.

She was hired at Jordan in 1997, according to school officials. White’s salary was $44,423.90 before her resignation.

She was arrested on July 2 and released from jail the same day. White was charged on $6,000 bail.

Sheriff Deputy Paul Sherwin said that a search warrant of her house found more evidence that will produce more charges. The district attorney has not released the evidence that came from the search yet, he said.

The judge presiding over the case Wednesday morning was Chief District Court Judge Marcia H. Morey.

White was accompanied in court with her husband. As the two left the courtroom hand-in-hand, White looked back but did not respond to questions from a reporter. White’s lawyer, Dawn Baxton, also did not respond to questions as she walked to her office.

White will appear in Durham County District Court again on Nov. 5.

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