Jury finds fmr. teacher not guilty on sex abuse charges

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A jury finds former Evansville teacher Jordan McGuire not guilty on sex abuse charges.

McGuire had been charged with providing alcohol to a former student and performing a sexual act on him against his will.

McGuire resigned 48 hours after the EVSC started its investigation back in 2012.

Testimony in the trial began on Monday and closing arguments were held on Tuesday morning.

The victim testified he was heavily intoxicated when McGuire performed a sex act on him. He also told jurors he doesn't remember anything but that two others witnessed the act.

McGuire testified the victim never consented to the sex act, but said that it was "implied" when the victim began pulling his pants down.

The victim's father tells 14 News his son was just 18-years-old when the incident occurred and that it took a lot of courage for his son to face McGuire in court.

He says they are both shocked and disappointed as his son still has a hard time trusting people.

"Strange in this case because he doesn't remember what happened to him, but he has been told what happened to him," said Prosecutor Mike Perry. "The stigma from a heterosexual individual to have some sort of homosexual act performed on him, is something he's going to have to live with the rest of his life. I would imagine he probably does have trouble trusting people."

Perry tells 14 News that McGuire's criminal history was not allowed to be brought up during the trial.

McGuire was charged with criminal sexual assault in Illinois in 2007. He pleaded to guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 24 months supervision.

The parent of that victim were also in court and shared their disappointment in the verdict as well.

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