Friday, June 22, 2007

40 Year-Old Man, Marries 16-Year-Old Girl

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A 40-year-old high school teacher and cross country coach has resigned and married a 16-year-old student. The county board of education approved Wuchae's resignation Tuesday -- a week after he had requested it.

A marriage license shows Brenton Wuchae married Windy Hager in Brunswick County, N.C

Hager's parents said they did all they could to keep the couple apart after noticing a deeper-than-usual friendship between them.

Betty and Dennis "Bubba" Hager told The Star-News that they exhausted their resources. They said they asked for help from school officials, law enforcement, teachers and students. They also said they asked Wuchae to leave their daughter alone and tried to get a restraining order against him.

"There was no proof of anything unlawful on his part or her part," said Oak Island Police Major Greg Jordan. "Inappropriate and unlawful are two different things."

The Hagers said they reluctantly signed a consent form allowing their daughter to marry her coach.

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