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Ex-NC teacher pleads guilty to disseminating obscene material

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) - A Bladen County teacher pleaded guilty Monday to sex crime charges and has forfeited her teaching license.

Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee said Shanna May Harrelson, a science teacher at West Bladen High School, pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against nature and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

The obscene material charge stems from Harrelson showing students an inappropriate image of male genitals, according to McGee.

Neither charge carries a sex offender registration requirement. Harrelson of Clarkton was given a suspended prison sentence of 8-19 months on the condition she serves 36 months of supervised probation. 

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Harrelson, 38, was initially suspended without pay on April 26, 2017.

McGee said evidence was found on Harrelson's phone during a Spring 2017 investigation and investigators discovered Harrelson showed inappropriate material on her phone to a student.

Harrelson was employed as a substitute teacher from May 2014 to October 2014 before becoming a full-time teacher.

McGee added that Harrelson was also a coach for a dance and step team in Bladen County. Her trial was originally scheduled for July 16.

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