FOX NEWS - A former Georgia orchestra teacher on Friday admitted in court that she engaged in 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, the 54-year-old former teacher at South Gwinnett High School, told the court that she was sorry but that the student was “like a used car salesman,” The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported.
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.”
Under Georgia law, any sexual contact between someone with a supervisory role is illegal, even if the encounter is consensual, the report said. The student in this case told the court that Gunn “made [his] adolescence a living hell.”
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.