Expert to examine phone in sex case

July 13, 2009 9:35:48 AM PDT
This week, a forensics expert will use a technique known as "phone dumping" to closely examine a cell phone at the center of a student sex case, according to Durham County investigators. Arrest warrants state Gina Watring, a former teacher's assistant at Creekside Elementary, gave the phone to a 10-year-old boy she's accused of having sex with at least twice.

Click here for photos of Watring and Creekside.

Eyewitness News has learned investigators have retrieved at least one photo from the phone featuring Watring in a pose and fully clothed. They've also uncovered several text messages but declined to comment on specific details. Investigators described the messages as containing "adult verbage commonly used among people in a relationship."

Watring was arrested in April and charged with kidnapping, rape, sex offense with a student and indecent liberties. She posted bond on April 29.

Prosecutors believe Watring left a cell phone and handwritten notes for her former student at a stop sign in his neighborhood. The boy's mother contacted authorities after finding the cell phone.

Watring was rearrested and charged with obstruction of justice for contacting her former student despite a court order. Watring will return to court on Wednesday.

She remains at the Durham County jail under a $2 million dollar bond.


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