School custodian facing sexual conduct with a minor charges

Gordon Gunter

UPDATE: According to the criminal complaint, a minor told Austin police that he was sexually abused by Gordon Gunter when he visited him during the summer.

The minor lived with Gunter for 8 months. The alleged abuse continued until the minor says he turned 12 and stopped visiting him.

The minor also says Gunter visited his family in Michigan but no abuse happened there. The minor claims Gunter told him he’d kill his mother if he told anyone about the abuse.

Austin police interviewed Gunter who said the minor visited him every summer and lived with him for a short time.

Gunter has denied the abuse and told police he was abused as a child and would never do that to someone else.

Gunter claims the minor has behavior problems.

He has plead not guilty to 7 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

AUSTIN, Minn – The Austin Public School district is reaching out to parents, to let them know about an employee who was recently charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.   The school sent a note home with students on Friday to make them aware of the issue.  They say there is no reason to believe any of the charges happened in a school building or on a district property.  The employee has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.  While the district does not name the employee facing the charges, according to Mower County Officials, Austin Public Schools custodian Gordon Gunter was arrested and charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  He posted a $25,000 bail on Thursday.

 

Below you will find the letter sent home with students.

 

February 7, 2014

Dear Parent:

The Austin Public School district is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents in our effort to provide the very best education for students.  Key to that partnership is open communications.  For this reason, I would like to make you aware of an incident that involves an employee of the Austin Public Schools.

Last evening the district was made aware of charges filed against an employee involving criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  There is no indication that any of these charges occurred in a school building or on district property.  The employee has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending further investigation.

As always, the safety of students is our foremost concern.  We have many procedures and policies in place to maintain a safe environment for all students.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions that you might have.

Sincerely,

Jean McDermott

Principal – I.J. Holton Intermediate School

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