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10.14.03

Cheerleading coach takes plea in sexual misconduct case

A Brunswick County educator accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers has struck a deal with prosecutors. Sherry Hair won't face a trial, but there also appears to be no chance she'll get her job back at North Brunswick High School.

She's married and a mother of four but now Sherry Hair is also an admitted sex offender. The former cheerleading coach at North Brunswick High School pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a child. In exchange for the plea, Hair won't serve any jail time, although, if she breaks the rules of her probabtion, she'll serve 16-to-20 months in prison.

On February 6th, detectives say Hair drove a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old boy to a baseball field in Northwest District Park in Leland. At the ball park, Brunswick County Assistant D.A. Connie Jordan says, Hair engaged in sexual acts with the 15 year old including heavy kissing and the touching of private areas. Beyond that, Jordan says Hair wrote love letters to the 15-year-old and sent nude photos of herself through email. In a search of Hair's car, detectives found a floppy disk with more naked pictures of Hair and of young boys.

Although Hair says she never laid a hand on either of the boys, she says she took the plea agreement because the legal costs of defending herself were too steep. But now the teacher's assitant won't be working as an educator anymore. In fact, as a registered sex offender, she's forbidden from stepping foot on any school campus.

Reported by: Ellen Goldberg

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