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Former Sheriff's Deputy Admits To Having Sex With Student

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/18/2013

A former Richland County Sheriff's Deputy is facing up to five years in prison after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student he was teaching at Pioneer Career and Technology Center.

Michael Gouge, 47, pleaded guilty Monday in Richland County Common Pleas Court to one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, before Judge James DeWeese for an incident that happened on March 13 of this year. Gouge will be sentenced on Aug. 5.

Assistant prosecutor Bambi Couch Page said the female student was 18 at the time of the relationship which lasted five months.

"It came to light May 22 that he was having a relationship with this student. The relationship was confirmed through an investigation and discussions with the victim," Couch Page said.

"The Shelby Police Department obtained phone records, text messages and a hotel receipt. They met at a hotel and had sexual intercourse," Couch Page said.

 "Because he's a teacher, the Ohio Revised Code prevents any sort of relationship between a student and teacher regardless of age," Couch Page said.

 Gouge accepted the teaching position at Pioneer in 2010 after leaving the sheriff's office. He's currently on paid administrative leave from Pioneer.

Couch Page said Gouge intends to resign or be fired. Gouge will be declared a Tier II sex offender and will have to register with the sheriff's office in the county he lives in every six months for 25 years.

Couch Page said anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Capt. Lance Combs at the Shelby Police Department at 419-347-2242.

This is not the first time Gouge has made headlines. In July 2007, Gouge struck Adam Marchant, 31, with his cruiser near Florence Ave. as he headed to a fight at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Marchant was attempting to cross the street at the time. Marchant died from the serious injuries he sustained from the accident. Gouge was not cited or charged.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Gouge and the sheriff's office. The Ohio Supreme Court did not consider the claims in the lawsuit which cleared Gouge of any wrongdoing.

   
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