Corey Greenwood, ex-assistant principal at Washington High School, pleads guilty to child seduction

Prosecutors wanted to spare victim trial

INDIANAPOLIS - A former assistant principal at Washington Community High School has pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Corey Greenwood, 41, who also served as the district's athletic director, pleaded guilty Friday morning to one count of child seduction and one count of obstruction of justice

Greenwood was originally charged with five counts of child seduction and two counts of obstruction of justice after police said he had five sexual encounters with the victim over a two-week period last year, including one in his school office.

Police said Greenwood sent the girl more than 1,400 text messages, some explicit, which were later recovered by authorities.

"He did use school grounds to engage in sexual conduct with this student on more than one occasion," said Deputy Prosecutor Kristina Korobov. "Using school property shows a belief in Greenwood that he was invincible, he would not be caught, nothing would be done to him. He was wrong."

Greenwood, who resigned last year, must serve 30 days in jail, serve six years on probation, register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with minor children, except his own son.

Prosecutors said they offered the plea deal so that the 16-year-old would not have to endure a trial. Prosecutors called her a courageous young woman who has since graduated and wants to put the case behind her.

Greenwood declined to comment after Friday's hearing.

"I think he's sorry for what he's done. He's embarrassed for himself and his family," his attorney, Jeff Mendes, said. "I would hope that he would be sympathetic to the victim in this case."

Greenwood will be formally sentenced May 3.

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