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‘Til age difference do them part (access required)

Former Brunswick County teacher Leah Gayle Shipman, 42, made national headlines when she dodged a statutory rape charge by marrying the 17-year-old former student with whom she was accused of having sex. In North Carolina, spouses can’t be forced to testify against each other, and without the student’s testimony, there wasn’t enough admissible evidence to make the charge stick.

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