Search warrants detail relationship between student and former NHCS teacher assistant

Published: May. 4, 2015 at 9:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2015 at 9:56 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Newly released search warrants are providing insight into how the relationship between a former Ashley High School teacher assistant and a 17-year-old female student began.

Last week, Rebecca Morgan, 25, was suspended without pay, and eventually fired by school officials, who have been tight-lipped over the dismissal.

Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says an investigation was launched into "inappropriate sexual behavior" between Morgan and a student.

Warrants show the investigation into Morgan began on April 23. A few days later a detective interviewed the student.

The student said Morgan was her senior project adviser and they would meet at school to discuss the project. The student also said she and Morgan communicated via text message and email.

The student said she and some friends ran into Morgan at the Ibiza night club in downtown Wilmington about a month ago and the two chatted until 1 or 2 a.m. The student then asked to go home with Morgan.

According to the student, Morgan said that would not be a good idea. The student said she continued to ask Morgan about going home with her. The two eventually left Ibiza in a cab, heading to Morgan's home.

The student says when they got to Morgan's residence, they went into Morgan's bedroom to listen to music and eventually had sex.

The detective asked the student if she could identify any distinctive markings on Morgan, and she described a tattoo on her right thigh. The student also described various items in Morgan's bedroom.

School spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum says she is not authorized to release the reason for Morgan's termination. According to state law, a notice to the employee outlining why they have been fired is public record if the termination was for disciplinary reasons.

But school officials say since  Morgan has a right to appeal her termination to the school board, they don't have to release any information regarding the reasoning behind her dismissal since a "final decision" has yet to be reached. School officials say Morgan has 30 days to file an appeal, and if she hasn't done so by then, the termination will be considered final.

The sheriff's office said the investigation into this case is ongoing.

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