Saturday, October 4, 2014

Two teachers were arrested after being accused of having a group sex with an underage student

Rachel Respess and Shelley Dufresne

The elder of two female Louisiana teachers charged with having group sex with a 16-year-old student wooed her colleague and brought the boy to the younger woman's apartment on the night of the incident, according to a jail booking report.

Shelley Dufresne, 32, and Rachel Respess, 24, were arrested earlier this week on charges of having sex with the boy in Respess' residence in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner after a Friday night football game on Sept. 12.
The incident came to light after the boy bragged to classmates about it, authorities have said. Read more after the but.....

Both teachers had intercourse with the boy in Respess' apartment, according to the Jefferson Parish jail booking records, with Dufresne "intimately kissing (Respess) in an attempt to arouse all parties involved," as the boy and the younger teacher had sex.

The boy, who has since turned 17, told authorities the sex was consensual, but he was not of legal age to consent, police have said.

The two Destrehan High School teachers were booked on Wednesday on charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to the Oct. 1 report which Reuters obtained on Friday.

They were released from jail early on Thursday after each posting a $7,000 bond, authorities said.

Dufresne had been arrested and released a day earlier on charges that she had earlier had sex with the boy at her home in Montz, about 20 miles (32 km) west of New Orleans.

Prosecutors have said formal charges are not expected for weeks.

The charges related to the Kenner incident carry a maximum of 17-1/2 years in prison and the requirement to register as a sex offender, police have said.

Jeffrey Smith, an attorney for Respess, has said his client is innocent.

The teachers, both of whom had taught the student, have been suspended without pay, the St. Charles Parish Public Schools system said in a statement.

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