Father: Former Durham Co. teacher's alleged sex abuse traumatized family

DURHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A father's emotions ran high Friday in a Durham County courtroom as he faced the former teacher charged with having sex with his daughter.

Michelle Smith White is a former Jordan High School teacher who was indicted in 2014. Friday, the court heard from the alleged victim's father.

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He told the court he was speaking on behalf of his daughter who was 15 at the time of the alleged sex abuse. She's now over the age of 18.

We blurred the victim's father's face to protect her identity. The father told the judge that his daughter recently moved back to Durham and will start working.

He said she doesn't want to run into White in public. White is out of jail on a $6,000 bond.

The prosecutor asked the judge to set a geographic restriction on where White can travel in Durham. He also asked that White be placed under house arrest with an electronic monitor.

The victim's father says the alleged abuse has traumatized his family.

"My daughter has been working on healing. This has required great sacrifice on my family," the victim's father stated in court. "I have had to live separate from my family for a year to ensure a fresh start for my daughter. I have concerns for any young persons that this individual may be able to encounter. She is a practiced predator."

White was a dance teacher at Jordan High School. She is married. In 2014, she was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties and sex offense with a student.

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The alleged abuse took place over two years, beginning in 2012.

Prosecutors said more sexual images have surfaced from the investigation which could bring additional charges.

White's attorney said her client has not tried to reach out to the victim since her arrest in 2014.
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