A former West Wilkes High School English teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Wilkes Superior Court to felonies arising from sexual relationships she had with two male students.
Kimberly Waddell Macemore, 25, of Wilkesboro pleaded guilty to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. She also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: assisting a student in obtaining a grade by fraudulent means and giving alcohol to someone under age 21.
The victims in the case were two 17-year-old students at West Wilkes.
Judge J. Thomas Davis of Forest City sentenced Ms. Macemore, who was 24 at the time of her arrest in May 2014, to a total of not less than 12 months nor more than 34 months in prison. This sentence was suspended for 36 months and she was placed on supervised probation.
Ms. Macemore was also ordered to perform 72 hours of community service, register as a convicted sex offender for the next 30 years, receive a sexual offender psychological assessment and participate in any recommended treatment.
As part of a plea agreement, six counts of committing a sexual offense with a student at the same school were reduced to taking indecent liberties.
Assistant District Attorney Fred Bauer, who prosecuted for the state, said Ms. Macemore had a casual sexual relationship with one of the young men and a longer, more involved relationship with the other.
The offenses, investigated by Det. Nancy Graybeal of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department, occurred between Oct. 1, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014. Capt. Brandon Absher of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department noted at the time of Ms. Macemore’s arrest that the sexual activity didn’t occur at the high school.
Ms. Macemore was in her second year of teaching English at West when she was arrested.
The incidents came to light when Ms. Macemore told another student at the high school about her relationships with these young men. West Wilkes Principal Wayne Shepherd contacted the sheriff’s department after learning about the situation.