Teacher marries student to avoid jail on rape charges

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 21:39:34-05

A North Carolina teacher accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old student has married the now-legal man. The marriage allowed her to avoid jail as husbands are not required to testify against their spouses.

Leah Gayle Shipman, 42, filed for divorce with her husband and the married Johnny Ray Ison, the man she was accused of raping when he was just 15 years old.

Ison is now 17, still legally a minor, but his mother reportedly gave him permission to marry his former teacher.

Without being able to force him to testify, prosecutors were forced to throw out the case.