Andrew Walsh, 36, of Mount Vernon, today entered a guilty plea to sexual battery for engaging in sexual activity with a former Mount Vernon Middle School student.
Walsh had been employed at MVMS as a gym teacher. Upon entering the guilty plea, Judge Richard Wetzel revoked his bond and he will be held in the Knox County Jail until his sentencing on April 29.
The victim and her mother spoke in court, describing Walsh’s grooming of the victim and his public reputation as a religious person.
Walsh faces a sentence of up to 5 years on the charge, with 5 years of parole supervision after prison release. He will have to register as a sex offender for life.