A warrant released Thursday suggests a possible ménage à trois among a female student, a former Jordan High School teacher and her husband.
Michelle Smith White, 37, was charged in July with taking indecent liberties and sexual offense with a student. She is accused of having sex with the Jordan High School student while employed at the school in 2012. School officials say the student was 15 at the time.
Investigators discovered text messages between White and the student, “which includes the wording ‘threesome’ and alluding to the involvement of Ms. White’s husband Phillip White,” the search warrant says.
There were two framed photos of the Whites and the student hanging on the wall in the couple’s bedroom, according to the warrant. Investigators found a blue binder containing handwritten notes, and a card all written by Phillip White to the girl.
Phillip White has not been charged in the case. Efforts to reach him at his home Friday were unsuccessful. A call went straight to voicemail.
Cindy Kenney, assistant district attorney, declined to comment on whether Phillip White would be charged, citing the ongoing investigation.
Investigators also discovered the student’s schedule with a four-letter word for sex written on it, handwritten notes from Michelle White, a handwritten card and more pictures in wooden frames of the girl in White’s house.
Video cameras, CDs and a VHS tape with the girl’s name on it were also confiscated. The News & Observer does not release the names of minors who have reported being victims of sexual abuse.
Michelle White was suspended from Jordan High School for unknown reasons in 2012 and again in April 2014, before she resigned later that month.
The search warrant says there were at least two investigations into an “inappropriate” relationship between White and the student by the Durham Public Schools Human Resources Division.
“After the most recent Human Resources investigation, Ms. White’s employment with the Durham Public School system ended,” the warrant states.
White resigned after the student’s parents accused her of having sex with their daughter, officials said.
She had taught at Jordan since 1997.
According to the search warrant, the relationship between Michelle White and student continued through June 2014, two months after she resigned. She was arrested in July.
During White’s first court appearance, she was accompanied in court by her husband. The two left the courtroom hand-in-hand, neither answering questions from a reporter.
White is scheduled to return to court Nov. 5.