Brunswick Co. teacher charged with having sex with student marries him


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Submitted: Sat, 01/19/2013 - 4:27am
Updated: Sun, 01/20/2013 - 11:23am
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — A former Brunswick County teacher charged with having sex with a student pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge after she married the victim, preventing the state from compelling him to testify against her, a prosecutor said this week.

Leah Gayle Shipman, 42, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

Court records indicate that on Jan. 19, 2011, she divorced her husband of 19 years, and on Jan. 25, 2011, Shipman married student Johnnie Ray Ison in Brunswick County after obtaining a marriage license from Columbus County. According to the Columbus County register of deeds office, Ison was 17 at the time of the marriage, and his mother, Susan Wilson, signed the paperwork allowing him to marry.

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18 Comments

  • Myob says:

    What pathetic people you all are to even worry about any of it. Your lives must all be pathetic because If you even take the time out to call someone trailer trash then you have nothing better to do obviously. Grow up and be and adult people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. You might learn that one day if your life ever stops being pathetic and judging.

  • Devan says:

    Shes not trailer park trash shes the most loving person youll ever meet. Every one makes thier own decision and opinions and in this case your opinion doest count.you should know the whole story before you judge

  • Guestommfg says:

    um, did you not read the article? it involves brunswick and columbus counties – there is no probably about it.

  • Guestqcb says:

    Glad to see that love conquers all…

  • Guest 211 says:

    WHILE IT IS PATHETIC, WHY DO YOU ASSUME THEY LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME? LOTS OF CRIMES AND UGLY THINGS HAPPEN OUTSIDE OF THE PARKS. LOTS OF SNOWBIRDS LIVE IN FLORIDA MOBILE HOME RETIREMENT VILLAGES AND THEY AREN’T TRASH.

  • Guestomfg says:

    WHAT A PATHETIC MOTHER THIS BOY HAS. Way to ruin his life. Mom. Probably trailer trash.

  • YaYa says:

    It’s so easy to be judgemental when only flimsy facts are known. Most opinions are shared seemingly without any depth, care or humanity. It’s so easy to be sanctimonious and pontificate when it’s someone’s life other than your own!! We all err as humans and never stop. I wish everybody involved in this family courage and strength. Ellie has demonstrated extreme and profound loyalty to her Mum at a very challenging time. We can all take a leaf out of Ellie’s book. Rich Blessings

  • B M says:

    What exactly is resisting a public officer? is this a catch all phrase for anybody that questions an officer or doesn’t fall to their knees in their presence, you never see the old timers bring up a charge like this if it’s not a knock down drag out between them, you just see this more and more, and by the way, probably the best thing that has happened to that young man.

  • Vog46 says:

    Oh it gets better.
    He’s entitled to half her Social security under spousal benefits AND I believe her deposits into the retirement fund would also go to him should she die after reaching retirement age.
    Ah the benefits of marrying a government employee. Of course he has to wake up next to that for 25 more years to qualify……..

    Vog

  • SurfCityTom says:

    He pulled the same ploy to prevent her from being called to testify against him.

    And if memory serves me he had a similar incident over in the Triad area before bring ing his teaching skills to Brumswick County.

    Did he not have to resign; and did they both not end up working @ Food Lion?

  • guesty says:

    Haven’t we seen this Brunswick County show before? Anybody remember 40-year-old Brent Wuchae, 16-year-old Windy Hager? Remember how she sued her parents to get her toys?

    http://www.wwaytv3.com/high_school_coach_resigns_marries_teen/06/2007

    http://www.wwaytv3.com/teen_who_married_teacher_loses_lawsuit_seeking_toys_from_parents/08/2007

  • burgerboy says:

    they should lock that sick discusting child molesting heifer up and throw away the key and make her be on the sex offender registry (but of course that won’t happen because she’s a woman who had sex with a male student)

  • SurfCityTom says:

    does he realize when he is her current age, she’ll be eligible for Social Security?

    Before he’s 30, she’ll be going through change of life.

  • brandonb says:

    this wasn’t love…it was a woman having sex with a kid less than twice her age. she committed adultery. She also broke the law. in 10 years he will look a younger less wrinkled model.

  • Guest1948 says:

    If the roles were reversed and this had been a male teacher having sex with a minor female student I’m sure he’d never see daylight again outside of a jail cell. Talk about a double standard!

  • USAIDIT says:

    She sure is loving…. loves every boy she meets.

  • guesty says:

    Both worked at Food Lion in Oak Island. Living the good life.

  • GuestVader says:

    Hope it works out for you both.

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