A Georgia teacher who admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old student of hers said that the student was partially to blame, comparing his behavior to “a used car salesman,” The New York Post reported.
Therese Gunn, 54, a former orchestra teacher at South Gwinnett High School, pled guilty to participating in the relationship, which began March 2016 and lasted less than two months.
During this time, Gunn made her victim’s “adolescence a living hell,” he told the court.
The pair had sex both at school and at Gunn’s home. Once, Gunn hosted a party at her house and allowed the student and two of his friends to smoke marijuana with her, police allege.
Though her student was above the Georgia age of consent, in the state it is illegal for teachers to have sex with their students while in a supervisory role, even if both parties consent.
Gunn resigned from the school in 2016. She is the fourth teacher from Gwinnett to be arrested on sex charges from the 2015-16 school year.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she will be facing 90 days in prison and will be on probation for 10 years.
“She regrets very much the pain she caused to the victim and his family as well as her own family and friends,” said Jim Wall, Gunn’s attorney.
[Image: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office]