A former Georgia orchestra teacher admitted that she’d had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, but at one point shifted at least some of the blame on the pupil.
Therese Gunn, 54, former teacher at South Gwinnett High School said she couldn’t believe she’d done it, and that she’d made a poor decision, and that she was sorry.
According to court records Gunn mentioned that the student was “like a used car salesman”. She pinned the blame on her 17-year-old victim, telling police he tricked her into being intimate. The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported.
The teacher’s attempts to shirk responsibility didn’t hold up in court. While Davis said he didn’t believe Gunn needed “to be warehoused for years,” he claimed she betrayed the trust of her victim’s parents.
Gunn entered the guilty plea and was sentenced to 90 days in prison, despite her lawyer’s push for house arrest. She will be on probation for 10 years.
“I don’t find that you’re the kind of person that needs to be warehoused for years,” Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Warren Davis reportedly said. “We get those cases and we get them out of society as long as we can. You’re not one of those. But you clearly betrayed the trust that you had of parents, this parent, putting this child in your care.”
The victim that Gunn admitted to having sexual encounters with briefly spoke in court Friday afternoon. He said Gunn “made [his] adolescence hell.”
According to the police report, said the relationship began in March 2016 and spanned less than two months. Some of the sexual activity occurred at the school and at Gunn’s home.
A detective learned that Gunn hosted a party at her home and allowed the 17-yeard and two female students to some marijuana, the report said. She reportedly joined them.
Jim Wall, Gunn’s attorney, reportedly requested house arrest for his client.
“She regrets very much the pain she caused to the victim and his family as well as her own family and friends,” he said.
Gunn is the fourth teacher from Gwinnett who has been arrested on sex-related charges stemming from the 2015-16 school year, the paper said. She resigned in 2016.