Don’t you hate when you try to buy a used car but you end up sleeping with your teacher instead? A former educator from Georgia who confessed to getting intimate with a 17-year-old student is now blaming the teen for using high-pressure sales tactics in order to get her in the sack against her better judgment.
54-year-old Therese Gunn worked at South Gwinnett High School as the orchestra teacher for nearly three decades until it came to light that she had shacked up with one of her students, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Gunn and the student carried on a sexual relationship over the course of several months, cozying up “at the school, at the teacher’s residence, and at Lenora Park.” Their illicit relationship was exposed by the victim’s mother, who found the teen’s journal and reported the contents to police.
Instead of apologizing for her illegal behavior and leaving it at that, Gunn tried a more… interesting tactic.
“He did,” Gunn emphatically told Judge Warren Davis after claiming that the victim bamboozled her into intimacy. “He was like a used car salesman.”
That argument went over like a lead balloon with both Davis and prosecutor Karen West. Since Gunn pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authority, though, she managed to get off with a relatively light sentence: 90 days in prison, followed by 10-years on probation.
“I don’t find that you’re the kind of person who needs to be warehoused for years,” Davis explained. “We get those cases and we get them out of society for 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.”
Shockingly, Gunn was one of four teachers in her district to be arrested for sex-related charges during the 2015-2016 school year alone, with three more arrests on similar charges following Gunn’s in the months to follow.