Former Teacher Convicted Of Having Sex With Student

By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former teacher and coach at Cretin-Derham Hall will have to register as a sex offender and pay a $300 fine after being convicted of having sex with a former student.

Judge Richard Sherer convicted Gail Gagne of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sex with the former student and football player in 2008. Gagne was 25 at the time; the student was 16. Gagne  had been working in the weight room as a supervisor at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul when the two became acquainted.

Gagne was originally charged with a felony but received a lesser gross misdemeanor conviction. She has a stayed sentence of one year, which means she will stay out of jail as long as she stays out of trouble.

“I think this was an appropriate resolution to a very unhappy situation,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “If a lesson is to be learned from today, it’s teachers and youth leaders and coaches have no business having sex with minors. Period.”

The victim’s mother read an emotional statement in court Monday, stating, “Our family is left holding the dirty laundry of the defendant’s unprofessional and self-serving actions.”

She also said her son’s grades suffered because of the incident and he was denied leadership positions at Cretin, after word got out about the allegations. She said another sibling who attended the same high school has also suffered from the gossip.

Gagne did not say anything in court. Her attorney Earl Gray said she is currently living and working in California, but will not be able to work again as a teacher after the conviction.

“The punishment for the fifth-degree offense is not half as severe as not being able to do your job as a teacher and a coach for the rest of your life,” Gray said.

Gagne is the daughter of former professional wrestler Greg Gagne, and granddaughter of famous Twin Cities wrestler Verne Gagne.

  • Romper Room

    Wasn’t the so-called victim (lol) a senior?
    Another truly off the wall and dumb question and thought. Any actually think the dude hadn’t already been around the block?
    And what kind of moron would ‘fess up to this anyway?
    Guess it’s kool for the kids to do it but since mamma smells money it’s a crime.
    The dude will forever be the brunt of jokes regardless —- idiot idiot idiot

    • Tom

      Romper Room

      Very true! Did the kid want too file a lawsuit or did the mother? I think it would be the mother. It’s funny when the mother claimed that her childs grades started too suffer and he wasn’t able too pay attention in class, well i would say it would be difficult if you he is getting a “woody” lol. Personally If i were this 16 year old boy I would be embarresed if you are sueing because you had sex with a older “female”. I think the mother is saying “my young, sweet, and innocent, catholic son, is not allowed too get a “woody” under my watch. This is a Joke! I wonder if the mother would have sued if it was a male teacher who was accused of doing this?

  • anon

    I remember a couple teachers I would have liked to sleep with. I wouldn’t have gotten them in trouble either…

    • Tom


      Me to! And I went too Catholic School and there were quite a few “civilian” teachers that made if difficult for me too concentrate. It would also explain my bad grades LOL

  • betcha he had a big role in it too

    With you anon …. guess the worlds changed and maybe the “boys” today need mother to ok and sign off of things.. ;-)
    The whole thing reeks of a lawsuit……duh
    “So young man – how did are you able to drive that Ferrari when you don’t have a job?” – well sir, she shared her wealth and everything else with me and what can I say. I am but an innocent victim. Besides – I like boys. lmao

    • Mike

      The common denominator here is, more Catholic educators abusing children and no one going to jail!

      • sally

        wrong news report… what your doing

  • Hola Gomez

    No harm done to the boy. I can bet you 5 bucks on that. When I was 15, I only wished prayed that any 25 year old women would have sex with me.

    • Victim Du Jour

      So much for the equal protection under the law.

      “Jim Crow” laws Punished blacks harder, and aided and abetted white criminals too.

      • johnnycmoun

        Typical blackman comment

        • Victim Du Jour

          I’m far from being black, I am just pointing out fascism.

          • Tom

            your black

            • Victim Du Jour

              I can mix black speak, with a Scandinavian language.

              • Mike

                Ok so your a white guy who wants to be black

  • Curtis

    Why is it that alot of people think this is ok? If it were a male teacher with a female student it would be a much different story. It would also be a much different story for the criminal if they didn’t come from a famous, wealthy family.

    • KracktUp at this one

      Hmmmm – guess I struggle to see what the issue is Curtis. Can’t envision a male having any issue with this. That’s the kep word I guess. A true red-blooded male. If on eisn’t then ….. well, guess one might struggle.
      Bet this sappy kid was the joke of the team then — and now. No one will ever accuse him of manning up to anything… lol

  • The Trend

    Once again a little slap on the wrist for female offenders

    • Double Standard

      A male would have been jailed for years.

      • Not quite true...

        Not true. Same thing happened in New Ulm a few years ago. The girl was only 15 and the male teacher only got a few months in jail. The girl got a huge lawsuit settlement from the school and when she turns 18 they’ll probably live happily ever after together…

  • mayhem

    did she use any wrestling moves on the dude?? pin me baby

    • Tom


      LOL ! Good One!

  • Randy

    I would have sagged my Art teacher when I was 16. And I wouldn’t have told anyone about it. rotflmao

    • I'm hot for teach'ahh

      Yea, right. You wouldn’t have told ANYBODY? That’s like a badge of honor for a 16 yr old weight-room jock. At that age, had FaceBook been around, you would of had it as a profile pic, probably. ;)

    • Victim Du Jour

      And it’s a crime to say female victims wanted it in a courtroom.

      • Victim of the year

        Do you know that from experience?

        • Victim Du Jour

          Don’t use me to cover up your criminal record.

          • The Trend

            The militant feminists want to eliminate the presumption of innocence for accused men. Nancy Grace has still not apologized to Duke Lacrosse

            • Victim Du Jour

              The Red Stocking Manifesto

    • darrell

      thats so true me 2 dnt know y they go run they mouth 4 like its wrg lol

  • thoththebuilder

    It’s obvious there are some people in here that live vicariously through other people’s degenerate actions.

  • WJ

    Gagne getting off easy has MUCH more to do with her daddy’s ‘deep pockets’ than it does a male vs female thing.
    This behavior is nothing new.
    She has NO morals or scruples, and considers herself “bulletproof”….as proven today with the light sentence.

  • Michelle

    Is a weight room supervisor considered a “teacher”?

    • tiredandretired

      She wasn’t hired as a teacher until after this event occurred. Good point. Still, she was totally wrong.

  • nate

    Not sure who her dad is but besides that, there have been at least a half-dozen or more cases like these that have made the news that I can remember in the last 15 tears or so and none of those women received even half the sentence or negative attention had the genders been reversed. If it were a male teacher/coach/leader of any type doing that to a female student the whole country would be screaming for him to get the electric chair. Women want equal rights? How about equal punishment too…

    • The Trend

      Women want equal rights not equal responibilities

    • Mel

      I totally agree. A predator is a predator. A grown, adult woman should have known better. If she wanted it that bad, she could have gone to any local bar and offered herself to an available, adult man. But, the fact that she went for a minor, I don’t care how big he was, shows that she has unhealthy, predator behavior.

    • cycle with love

      “Not sure who her dad is…”?:
      Apparently not! She has the surname of the most famous wrestling family in Minnesota: her grandfather was Verne ‘sleeper-hold’ Gagne; her father is his son, also a wrestler. The ONLY reason she’s getting this press! She can go back to La La land to disappear and LOOSE this “squeaky-clean” Midwest hopefully forever!

    • He is right!

      As a woman I have to agree with you Nate- seems like this is a situation that would have a much harsher punishment if it was a male teacher/female student. That seems wrong to me! Either way it’s creepy, what kind of a woman has those desires about little boys…yikes!

  • JAY

    16 yrs old and never had sex before, yah, Im believing that…NOT! Cant believe he suffered any emotional problems either! In any case, it isnt right that a person takes advantage of a minor, even IF he/she is a willing partner, or started the flirtatous behavior.

    • Ed Korte

      How can you know that the 16 year old had sex before the incident? Maybe I am hopelessly naive, but I certainly wouldn’t assume that any person who was 16 had had sex. Why would you assume that?

      • Ralph bets naaaa

        hate to think the kid was in that 30% minority that didn’t or hadn’t now….just saying

  • Valerie

    Yeah, i had a really good looking teacher once when i was a young girl in high school. Didn’t get the chance to have sex with him, but maybe there’s a lot of daughters doing it with their male teachers nowadays.

  • Hank

    Of course it isn’t appropriate. Justice is supposed to be blind to the gender affected. However, I would guarantee the boy didn’t suffer too much afterwards. I was in a similar situation in high school and got very close to fulfilling my dreams with a hot, older female teacher. (I’m a dude, by the way). It never happened, but it would have been awesome. I remain attracted to women older than me.

  • tiredandretired

    As a retired teacher, I am disgusted to hear about such cases. No adult should be having sex with an underage person, especially one that is in a position of authority over them. Granted, at the time of the incident, the perpetrator was not yet hired as a teacher, but she was in a supervisory position. Such irresponsible actions are harmful to the victims, their families, the community, and the vast majority of teachers whom do their jobs responsibly. As for Ms. Gagne’s sentence, it’s a joke. In response to those on here whom are salivating as they relive their adolescent fantasies; it’s time to grow up.

  • Elmo

    So a 22 year old gets caught with child porn, and is sentanced to 27 years Federal, He was a weiner waker, yet this teach was banging the kid, Slap on the wrist.

  • Matthew

    tiredandretired — odds are you’re old and not very attractive. It’s too bad you were dealt that hand. People who want to life life to the fullest consider all of their opportunities and take risks. A retired teacher like yourself probably never did anything interesting or exciting. Well, you had your chance.

    • tiredandretired

      Matthew, you have no idea what my life has been like. First of all, I’m not an old man (still in 50’s). I have been married to a wonderful, sexy, beautiful woman since I was 20. We raised wonderful kids together and are continuing a lifetime of great adventures together. We now are blessed with several beautiful grandchildren. Besides teaching and raising a family, I have had many other jobs and experiences. Many of those involved physical and/or financial risk. I was a starting varsity athlete at a Division I university, coached state champion and national level athletes, completed a Doctorate, have traveled extensively, and once thwarted and captured a knife-wielding robber (despite being unarmed). I have hunted, fished, hiked, and canoed/rafted in wilderness areas throughout America and Canada. The greatest risk I’ve taken, however, was to become a teacher. It was also one of the most invigorating, meaningful, interesting, and exciting experiences of my life. I am very glad (and proud) that I took that opportunity to give back to my community. My hope is that, someday, you too will grow up and have such a wonderful life.

      • just8

        Thanks for being a fabulous role model for all!!! I really appreciate reading about somebody choosing to lead a positive and moral life.

      • Jason

        good for you

      • Mel

        You are an all-American man and you have my full respect! Thank you for taking the high road, and thanks for calling your wife sexy, even in her 50’s. You are more of a man than Matthew, and I’m glad I married a man like you, and not like Matthew. Any man can bar-hop and bed-hop. Where’s the challenge in that?

        • sadbuttrue

          It might be easy to bar hop and bed hop, but to do it with attractive women day in n day out is tougher, i do not regret my 5 years of doing this, it was wonderful, and tiredandretired way to retort urself by being mel, lol hero..

          • Mel

            Ha ha! If you look at some of the other news stories, you’ll see that I have othet comments out there as well, so I truly to respond to tiredandretired. I’m a 35 year old woman and married with 2 kids. I, like yourself, used to throw myself around. Then something woke me up and I wouldn’t go back to that lifestyle for all the money in the world. That’s why I have so much respect for tiredandretired. Although being faithful to the same person for a lifetime is very challenging, the benefits far outweigh the struggle.

      • Boring

        Isn’t that what Matthew just said?

    • Paul

      You’re the real loser, Matthew. Totally amoral. Sad.

  • Victim Du Jour

    A massage therapist Got 11 years in prison for telling a repeat customer to check herself for breast cancer and slapping someone on the butt.

    Ashton Larson and Brianna Broitzman get a gross Misdemeanor and a few months in the county jail for sexually humiliating old people and spitting in their mouths.

    Our Court system is practicing a brand of fascism.

  • Goob

    I heard she pile drove him, gave him the stomache claw, then threatened the sleeper hold if he didn’t have sex with her

  • Ron

    You can tell–even from the poor-quality picture–she’s stacked and hot. Way to go kid. Your mom wasn’t too happy, apparently, but I’ll bet your dad gave you the high-five.

  • tom torpid

    40 years for looking at a picture of a naked minor; fine and suspended sentence for a teacher who has sex with a minor. Great system we have!

  • Chris K

    The teacher actually looked pretty hot on the news….I would have hit it too LOL

  • cycle with love

    So the age of consent is 16…was it consensual sex? What’s the big deal…except for the fact that it was at a ‘goody-too shoes’ Roman Catholic High School and it didn’t get shoved under the rug like all the pedophilia. I’ll bet the kid got a good ‘pay-out’ from the Gagne family and won’t have to suffer much there? Much ado about nothing…in Roman Catholic gay-bashing Minnesota!

    • Tc Radiodj

      Minnesota does NOT have a age of consent. The law says anyone under 18 is a child. Anyone over 18 is an adult. Technically if your 18 and your gf is 17, you are a pedophile oer the law.

      • Victim Du Jour

        16 is the age of consent in the State of Minnesota, unless the adult is in a position of authority.

        But it seems like they should change it to 18, so adults don’t use it as an excuse to kid themselves.

    • Victim Du Jour

      Hollywood and the Music Industry is hiding a lot more Pedos from the 70’s than Roman Catholics.

      The Summer of love in SF had big problems with the human trafficking of young girls.

  • Victim Du Jour

    I think the Court System is run by the Kotex Klux Klan.

    That’s why women don’t go to jail for domestic abuse, drunk driving, and sex abuse of old people and children.

    • The Trend

      If you look at the behaviors in the “Duluth wheel” apparently they aren’t wrong on principle but only wrong when men do them

    • Ed

      VDJ, your on a role today! LOL

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