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Former Tishomingo teacher guilty of lewd acts

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Shelley Jo Duncan (File/KTEN) Shelley Jo Duncan (File/KTEN)

NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) -- A Cleveland County jury found a former Tishomingo teacher guilty of lewd acts with a 14-year-old boy Friday night.

Shelley Jo Duncan, 50, was charged in 2016 after allegedly kissing the teen on two occasions.

This was Duncan’s second trial after the first ended in a mistrial.

The alleged victim, now 16, testified Thursday that the two kissed one time in a car and another time in the school district’s Alternative Education Building.

The boy’s mother and stepfather also testified that they were uncomfortable with how affectionate he and Duncan had been, and with the gifts she gave to the student.

But the defense pointed out that in communications with Duncan, the boy’s mother never protested about the aspects of their relationship.

In closing arguments Friday, the state argued the teen’s testimony alone was proof enough that Duncan is guilty. Prosecutors pointed at thousands of texts between Duncan and the boy that included saying “I love you.”

The defense argued there wasn't a shred of evidence to show anything but a supportive friendship, and that ultimately, Duncan didn’t do anything illegal.

After more than two hours of deliberation, the jury sided with the state and found Duncan guilty.

"It's done; we won... if you can call this a win for anyone with all the damage done," the boy's mother told reporters. "Please pray for her children who are hurting and broken right now."

Sentencing was set for November 30. Duncan could face up to 20 years in jail for the crime. The jury recommended six years.

Reported by KFOR's Cassandra Sweetman

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