FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The former principal of New Haven Middle School who had a sexual relationship with a high school student years ago has been sentenced.
A judge on Friday sentenced Peter A. Downey to 3 years for two counts of felony Child Seduction.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court, Downey first kissed the girl in his office at New Haven Middle School when she was 16, and had sex with her for the first time three months later in his mother’s home. From there, they had sex in various hotels in Fort Wayne and his own home, as well as the middle school building, the affidavit detailed.
The victim told investigators that Downey impregnated her in 2008 when she was 17 when she worked for him as an extern at the middle school. In September of that year, the victim said Downey drove her to a Planned Parenthood in Chicago to get an abortion when she was just shy of 6 weeks pregnant, according to the affidavit.
The victim said she told her friends she was dating a man named “D.” Two friends of the victim told police they were suspicious of the relationship, the affidavit said.
Police said in the affidavit that the victim provided “numerous items of corroborating evidence” including calendars and student handbooks that noted dates like “first kiss,” the first time they had sex and trips, the affidavit said. She also had medical records from Planned Parenthood with her name and Downey’s written on them, the affidavit detailed.
Contact between the victim and Downey stopped in February 2013. On Christmas Eve 2014, he mailed a letter to her in which he apologized for ending the relationship “the way he did,” and signed it “Love Pete,” the affidavit said.
Downey pleaded guilty through a deal with Allen County prosecutors last month. The plea agreement dismissed two other counts of Child Seduction, and required a no-contact order between Downey and the victim.