Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 6:59am.

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) -- A New Hanover County jury has failed to return a verdict in a case against a former pre-school teacher accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old pupil. The Star-News of Wilmington reported Thursday that prosecutors may schedule a new trial for Johnny Lewis, who was charged with first-degree sex offense with a child. The charges stem from accusations by a child at the Peabody School in Wilmington. The child told his mother that Lewis had sexually abused him. Prosecutors said the jury was split 10-2, with most of the jurors wanting to convict. Lewis' defense said the accusations against him were hard to believe and that police failed to investigate other suspects. The 52-year-old Head Start teacher was arrested in February 2010. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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