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Sexual Misconduct With Same Student Leads to Arrest of 2 La. Teachers

Two Louisiana teachers have been arrested in connection to allegations of sexual misconduct with the same 16-year-old male student, reports CBS affiliate WWL.

Shelley Dufresne, 34, and Rachel Respess, 24, both English teachers at Destrehan High School, are accused of having sex with a student at Repress’ apartment after a Friday night football game concluded, sources told the station.

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English teachers Rachel Respess, left, and Shelley Dufresne are accused of having sex with the same 16-year-old student. (Picture: Kenner Police Department)

According to the St. Charles Herald Guide, both teachers are charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The student reportedly bragged about his conquest with both teachers, which led to a police investigation. The student, who is now a junior at the school, is now 17, but was 16 when the suspected sexual misconduct took place. Respess was the alleged victim’s English teacher last year, and Dufresne is his current English teacher, officials said.

The paper reports that Dufresne is married with three children and has been teaching at the high school for 10 years. Respess reportedly graduated from Destrehan High School in 2008 and has been teaching there for two years.

For Dufresne, this marks her second trip to jail in one week. She’s also facing charges out of St. Charles Parish, where authorities believe her illicit relationship with the student progressed.

“No matter what the sex of the victim is, everyone should be outraged,” Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said at a press conference Wednesday. “You have an educator whose responsibility is the safety and education of children, and when it goes outside those lines I do believe the community should be outraged.”

Glaser detailed the situation as unfortunate, but stopped short of describing it as surprising.

“Nothing surprises me anymore, but I do believe it’s lack of a better judgment,” he said. “They should have known better.”

Both women turned themselves into the authorities on Wednesday. Authorities are now searching their cell phones in search of any evidence in the case.

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