Sara Leeann Dwiggins is a former middle school teacher in North Carolina who was convicted and sentenced for sex with a 14-year-old student. She was arrested again for opening social media accounts, a violation of her status as a registered sex offender.

Sara Leeann Dwiggins

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The 24-year-old Sara Leeann Dwiggins (mugshot photo above) was in the news originally for the arrest and subsequent conviction for having sex with a 14-year-old student. Now she is in the news again for what appears to quite a brazen use of social media which, for a registered sex offender in the state of North Carolina, is a crime.

Dewiggins’ latest arrest brings the details of her original arrest and conviction to the forefront. She was a teacher at South Creek Middle School in Robersonville, North Carolina at the time of her arrest, as Fox 8 reports.

She was arrested and convicted for an incident which took place in the previous year, in 2010, when she was a teacher in Williamston, NC at Bear Grass School. At the time she was charged with statutory rape and sex offense. Her victim was a 14-year-old male student.

According to public records posted online on North Carolina’s sex offender registry Web site (here) Dwiggins was convicted of four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor for four separate incidents which took place in 2010. In 2013 she was sentenced to a maximum prison sentence of one year and eight months and was released in March 2014.

As a registered sex offender (for a minimum of 10 years according to the registry) Dwiggins is barred from using social media. She was caught by authorities when she opened up social media accounts — including Facebook and Twitter account under the name “Leeann Dwiggins.” The Facebook account — which has since been deleted — was here.

Convictions for sex crimes carry stiff penalties including prison time and fines, but when freedom finally comes, that freedom comes with conditions, as this case reveals. A registered sex offender does not have the freedom to use social media, at least not in the state of North Carolina. Thus with her new accounts deleted Sara Leeann Dwiggins’s only online profile, such as it is, is that aforementioned page courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Justice.




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