FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An Allen County judge sentenced a former math teacher at New Haven High School Wednesday morning to four years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a student while he was still employed there.
Troy Guenin agreed to plead guilty to felony child seduction and felony dissemination of matter harmful to minors back in July. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop additional felony charges. As part of the sentence, Guenin will be placed on probation for three years after his prison sentence is served.
The investigation began May 1, 2015 when the victim’s parents contacted New Haven High School administrators after finding a large number of text messages between their daughter and Guenin. The girl then confided to her mother that she had been having sexual relations with Guenin, according to court documents.
An officer with the New Haven Police Department interviewed the girl after her admission. She told him that since January, she and Guenin had sex about 10 to 15 times. Most of the encounters took place in a backroom of his classroom, while one encounter took place at Guenin’s home, according to the girl.
When the officer interviewed Guenin, he admitted to the relationship and said there had been “ten-ish” encounters. He also admitted to sending two graphic photos via text message to the girl.
The officer found sexually explicit photos on Guenin’s cell phone, two of which appeared to have been taken in his classroom. Guenin also admitted he knew how old the victim was and that he had discussed with her the ramifications of being caught because of the teacher-student relationship.
During the investigation it was also learned that Guenin had been reprimanded in August 2014 for inappropriate text messages to and from the student. He had also been named Teacher of the Year at New Haven High School in 2014.
Guenin had been a teacher with East Allen County Schools since August of 2005. He was terminated once administrators learned of the investigation.
As part of the plea negotiations with prosecutors, Guenin’s counsel had urged the court to keep him out of jail, arguing that it was for him to be able to continue to support his three children. Prosecutors disagreed, saying he was a threat to approach his victim.