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Former NC teacher, registered sex offender charged again due to social media account

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

A former teacher who was convicted in 2013 of taking indecent liberties with a minor was recently charged with not telling law enforcement she had a social media account.

It’s not the first time authorities have charged Sara Leeann Dwiggins with having a social media account.

Dwiggins, 29, was originally charged in 2010 with having sex with a 14-year-old boy while she was a teacher at Bear Grass School in Williamston. A year later she went on to teach at a middle school also in Martin County, in the northeastern part of the state.

The original charge was for sex offense with a student and statutory rape, she pleaded guilty to multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child. She was sentenced to a maximum of one year and eight months, but served 10 months. She was released in March 2014.

On Jan. 9, authorities discovered Dwiggins had a Facebook account and she was charged with sex offender use of a social website. This charge was later dismissed by in Rowan County court.

Sex offenders are required to notify law enforcement of any email, social media and other online identifiers they may have, authorities said.

Dwiggins, of Proctor Drive, recently had a Snapchat account, which she did not notify authorities she had, Rowan County officials say. Snapchat allows users to take photos, record videos and add text or drawings to the images that are sent to a controlled list of followers or recipients. Once the images are viewed, they are deleted within seconds.

It was brought to an investigator’s attention early last week and Dwiggins was charged with felony failure to inform of new/changes to online identifier.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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