Navy veteran and training corps teacher, 55, are suspended from the Manhattan school for alleged sex with a cadet, 17, after his wife uncovered their case when she found the girl's hairbrush at home
- Researchers say Edward Gunning, 55, cheated on his wife with a 17-year-old student
- Gunning was a substitute teacher at the High School for Health Care and Sciences
- The teenager and Gunning shared explicit text messages, according to the report
- Awarding has been suspended pending an investigation
A veteran of the US Navy and Instructor reserve officer training Corps (ROTC) at a high school in Manhattan has been suspended after allegations that he was having an affair with a female student.
Researchers say Edward Gunning, 55, who was a replacement teacher at the High School for Health Care and Sciences in Upper Manhattan, cheated on his wife with a 17-year-old cadet.
Gunning oversaw the teen's ROTC program and was reported to have sex with the teen in his house while his wife was working, a report from the city's special commissioner for claims.
Gunning's wife, Christine Kelly, had become suspicious at the beginning of 2018 of his behavior after finding a hairbrush in their bathroom.
She confronted her husband, who did not respond to the accusation. Instead, Kelly checked surveillance images in their building, whereupon the teenager entered the lobby and left a few hours later.
Marine veteran and ROTC teacher excluded from school work after report claims affair with 17 year old cadet
Kelly then went looking for explicit text messages that he had shared with the girl.
& # 39; I want it all, & # 39; Gunning reportedly wrote in a message, expressing his & # 39; love & # 39; for oral sex with the teenager in another, the New York Daily News reports.
Included in another text in the report, and obtained by the New York Post, Gunning tells her: & # 39; I love your taste and I love eating it. & # 39;
A veteran of the Navy and a ROTC teacher are no longer allowed to teach in New York after an investigation shows inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old
The special commissioner says that the meeting with the duo started at the beginning of 2018.
In March 2018, Gunning told his wife that he was no longer attracted to her, and he stopped sharing a bed with her, the report says.
The teenager graduated from the High School for Law and Public Service in June, which shares a campus with the High School for Health Care and Sciences.
According to the report, she admitted the affair, including sharing the text messages and photos with Gunning, but said the relationship ended in July 2018.
Kelly told the assistant director of the school about the December affair.
& # 39; Although due to the age of student A at the time of her sexual relationship with Gunning, we cannot criminalize this issue, any sexual encounter with a student is inappropriate and a major abuse of authority as a New York City School teacher & # 39 ;, said SCI chief Anastasia Coleman in a statement.
Awarding, suspended pending an investigation, is no longer eligible to work in the New York City school system.
He refused to talk to researchers through a lawyer.
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