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GREENSBORO — After pleading guilty to one count of indecent liberties with a female student, a former Grimsley High School athletic trainer and health teacher has been placed on the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry for 30 years.
Jeffrey Allen Guffey, 40, of 1632 Mount Hope Church Road in McLeansville can petition for removal from the registry after 10 years.
"Because of the nature of what he did, he has to be registered as a sex offender," said Howard Neumann, Guilford County's chief assistant district attorney.
Superior Court Judge Lindsay Davis suspended Guffey's six-month prison sentence and gave him three years of probation.
Greensboro police said Guffey's crimes stem from inappropriate physical contact with a student under the age of 16.
The News & Record does not name victims of sexual assault.
Guffey, who turned himself in to police following the allegations, hasn't worked for Guilford County Schools since his resignation on April 6, 2017.
The district immediately suspended Guffey and notified police on March 28 after learning about the allegations.
Guffey had worked at Grimsley since 2016 after transferring from Southern Guilford High School, where he was a science teacher as well as head athletics trainer. While at Southern Guilford, he was named the state's Athletics Trainer of the Year for secondary schools in 2015 by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association.
An Eastern Guilford High School graduate, Guffey previously served as a trainer and taught at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane and has been a volunteer firefighter in McLeansville since 1995.
Contact Danielle Battaglia at 336-373-4476 and follow @dbattagliaNR on Twitter.
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