A former Georgia teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her student appeared to blame the teenaged victim in court for roping her into a relationship “like a used car salesman.”
A former Georgia teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her student appeared to blame the teenage victim in court for roping her in “like a used car salesman,” PEOPLE confirms.
Therese Gunn, 54, confessed Friday to having a sexual relationship with a student who was 17, Karen West, Managing District Attorney at the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, tells PEOPLE. The ex-orchestra teacher apologized for her actions before telling a judge the teen had coerced her.
“He was like a used car salesman,” Gunn said.
Gunn was sentenced to 90 days in prison and up to 10 years of probation, West says.
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She taught at South Gwinnett High School for 25 years before she was arrested in May 2016, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The victim’s mother alerted authorities after reading her son’s journal, which highlighted the sexual encounters that occurred for several months at the school, a park and the teacher’s home, the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement.
Gunn had turned herself in to authorities and later resigned from her teaching position.
Speaking in court, the victim said Gunn “made [his] adolescence hell.”