This story was updated at 6 a.m. Dec. 31 to reflect that the prison sentence in the case was suspended, but that Melton will be on probation for three years and must register with the N.C. Sex Offender Registry for 30 years.">
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Ex-Hickory teacher convicted on sex charge

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Darlene Fenners Melton, 56, of Kernersville, was convicted this week in Catawba County of taking indecent liberties with a student in Hickory more than 25 years ago.

A Forsyth County woman was convicted this week of having sexual activity with a youth in Hickory more than a quarter-century ago.

Darlene Fenners Melton, 56, of Kernersville was convicted in a Catawba County court of indecent liberties with a child. She was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

The sentence was suspended, on the grounds that Melton serve three years’ probation and register with the N.C. Sex Offender Registry for 30 years.

Melton was teaching in Hickory when the incident took place in August 1987, according to police. The victim was a 15-year-old male student, police said. Melton was 30 years old at the time.

The incident was reported to police earlier this year.

Melton had been teaching in recent years at East Forysth High School but is no longer employed by the school system.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle This story was updated at 6 a.m. Dec. 31 to reflect that the prison sentence in the case was suspended, but that Melton will be on probation for three years and must register with the N.C. Sex Offender Registry for 30 years.
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