PRINCETON — Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren filed two felony charges Thursday against a former Princeton Community High School teacher dismissed Tuesday night by the North Gibson school board.
According to charging information filed Thursday in Gibson Superior Court, Gary L. Kinswa, 44, Evansville, faces one level 6 felony count of attempted child seduction and one level 6 felony count of theft.
The former high school English teacher is accused, according to the court documents, of attempting to seduce a student and of unlawfully spending 2019 PCHS prom money.
Princeton Police Detective Sgt. Bobby Wood interviewed a student Aug. 9 at the request of PCHS Resource Officer Jay Riley. According to an affidavit of probable cause for seeking the child seduction charge compiled by Wood, the 16-year-old girl reported that Kinswa emailed and texted her for several weeks. The girl provided screenshots of some of the messages. She told police Kinswa began sending detailed sexual questions to her in June, including requests for photos of her in her underwear.
According to the affidavit, the teen told police that she came forward after she heard that Kinswa was sending inappropriate messages and pictures to other students, and she did not want them to have to go through the same experience she had endured.
She told police, according to the affidavit, that Kinswa told her to delete his messages and not tell anyone because it would cause him to be fired and he couldn't afford his wife's medication.
Princeton Police Captain Mike Hurt interviewed Kinswa Aug. 12. According to the affidavit, Kinswa admitted the girl was a former student and he was in a position of trust as a teacher. Hurt reported that Kinswa admitted that the text messages and requests were inappropriate and as the interview continued in more detail, Kinswa became agitated and asked to speak to an attorney.
Wood and Hurt were asked to come to Princeton Community High School while school officials cleared out Kinswa's school desk and according to Wood's affidavit, saw receipts to an account Kinswa oversaw as 2019 prom sponsor.
Wood reported that the account was overdrawn, and a CPA audit of the account activities from Jan. 1 to Aug. 14 showed unauthorized cash withdrawals of $1,104.
In the affidavit, Wood reported that North Gibson Assistant Superintendent Eric Goggins confirmed that the Indiana State Board of Accounts requires receipts for purchases made through school accounts and Kinswa only provided two, resulting in $85.25 in credit.
Woods reported, according to the affidavit, that the 2019 prom account activity included ATM fees and surcharges of $22, gasoline purchases of $55.40, $202 in overdraft fees and undocumented purchases of $616.30 for a total amount missing of $1,914.45.