Former Wakefield softball coach pleads guilty to sex offenses with student

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Monday, August 04, 2014
The former coach of the varsity girls' softball team at Wakefield High School pleaded guilty in a Wake County courtroom Monday to 11 counts of sex offenses with a student.

Jamie Lloyd Ayers, who was also an assistant coach on the boys' football team, a PE teacher, and a health teacher, was sentenced to minimum of 5 years in prison.

During the hearing, a prosecutor outlined the case saying Ayers repeatedly had sex with a female student starting when she was 15. He said the incidents happened at Wakefield High Schools, Ayers' home, a pool where both worked, and at hotel before Ayers was arrested in May 2013.

The victim told the judge that Ayers abused her for nearly two years.

"He victimized me from the moment I set foot on the softball field," she said in Wake County Superior Court.

She also said that Ayers introduced her to his daughter and she was like a big sister to her.

The teen's mother told the court that Ayers is a "pedophile" and "predator" and that he stole much from her daughter including all her high school friends and memories. She said Ayers almost took her daughter's life because in the depths of depression the girl had started cutting herself on her legs and could have severed her femoral artery.

The relationship came to light after the victim approached the school resource officer at Wakefield High School. The girl's mother thanked the officer during the hearing for recognizing the crime and bringing it to light.

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