Teacher "Felt Trapped" By Suspected Long-Term Relationship With Student

Illicit affair lasted 2 1/2 years.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A teacher suspected of having an illicit affair with a female student claims that he "felt trapped" in the relationship. “He said he just sort of felt trapped,” the attorney for Michael Henderson of Gwinnett County, Georgia said, per WSB-TV. “He didn’t know what to do or how to get out of it, so it just continued.”

Henderson, 32, was a math teacher and football coach—as well as a former University of Georgia football player—at Parkview High School. He resigned from his post in May after being accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Per authorities, the student (who has since graduated) told friends about the relationship when Henderson stopped seeing her. “She was going to be the one seeking out communication,” Henderson’s attorney shared.

On Wednesday, Henderson faced a judge. Several of his colleagues and family members came to court to defend and support him. Henderson is charged with one count of sexual assault, his bond was set at $25,000. 

[Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office]

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