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Sheriff: Teacher in sexual relationship with student resigns

By Amanda Brannon
WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:10:27 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 06:06:08 PM CDT
DEEP RUN, LENOIR COUNTY -

A high school music teacher resigned after she was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a student.

On Oct. 10, a resource officer at South Lenoir High School in Deep Run was informed that 28-year-old Jennifer SinClair was involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student, according to Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill. The allegation came from school administrators.

Sinclair was working as a music teacher at South Lenoir High School, investigators said. She resigned about a week after the alleged relationship and was arrested at her Lenoir County home on Oct. 11, officials added.

“The school system acted quickly to investigate the rumors of this relationship," said Sheriff Hill. "My officers ran with the information and obtained a formal confession from SinClair and were able to obtain an interview with the student, [who] corroborated the statement of SinClair."

Sheriff Hill said he did not believe the sexual acts took place at the school, and the relationship appeared to have been brief.

SinClair was charged with two counts of sexual activity with a student, deputies said. She made her $15,000 bond and was released from jail. Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Bridgett Brown lives next door to SinClair and said she doesn't know the teacher well but that she seemed like a quiet person.

"I would have never guessed that at all. It shocks me actually that we live so close to somebody who would do something like that," she said.

However, Barbara Davis, a mother whose kids attend South Lenoir High School, said she's holding out hope for SinClair.

"I know the children loved her. They respected her," Davis said.

SinClair had previously worked at Woodington Middle School, and had been a teacher in Lenoir County since Aug. 20, 2007, officials said.