GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former special education teacher at Grand Rapids Public Schools accused of trying to solicit sex with a teen girl was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison.
In June, Philip Gordon Paauwe pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. In turn, authorities agreed to dismiss all other charges against him, including sexual exploitation of a minor, receiving and possessing child pornography and attempted coercion and enticement.
Paauwe was indicted in federal court in February after allegedly convincing a 17-year-old girl in Florida to send him explicit images last year.
He’s also accused of using the internet to try to get a woman to let him have sex with her 13-year-old daughter. That woman, however, turned out to be an undercover officer. The investigation led to Paauwe’s arrest in January.
Paauwe was a teacher at K.E.C. Oakleigh — a special education school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade — but was placed on unpaid administrative leave when the allegations against him surfaced. GRPS board members voted unanimously to fire Paauwe a day before his plea.
After he finishes his prison sentence, Paauwe will be on supervised release for 10 years. He will also pay $34,000 in restitution.