Louisiana Teachers Charged for Allegedly Having Group Sex with Student
10/10/2014 AT 06:30 PM EDT
Destrehan High School teachers Shelley Dufresne, 32, and Rachel Respess, 24, both were booked with carnal knowledge, indecent behavior and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for the Sept. 12 incident at Respess' apartment in Kenner, Louisiana, police reports state.
The name of the student, who is now 17 – and the detail of whether he, too, was drinking that night – was not released.
According to NOLA.com, the victim told St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies the encounter unfolded on the night of the Destrehan Wildcats-Helen Cox Cougars football game. That also was Dufresne's birthday.
In addition, Dufresne, whose father is a judge in the 29th Judicial District for St. Charles Parish, is accused of carnal knowledge with the student in a separate incident on an unspecified date in September at a home in Montz, the community in which she lives.
The student told investigators he consented to sex with his English teachers, but state law defines him as a minor at the time – and even between the ages of 17 and 21, Louisiana law still forbids sexual encounters between students and educators.
The encounters came to light, authorities said, when school district officials alerted the St. Charles Parish sheriff's office that he was "bragging to other students."
Both teachers are free on a $7,000 bond in the Kenner case. Dufresne is free on $200,000 bond on the separate Montz charge. Dufresne is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23, when she could be formally charged and enter a plea.
Respess's attorney, Jeffrey Smith, said his client maintains her innocence, according to Nola.com reports.
"All I'm trying to do right now is getting her booked and bonded out," he said. "That's when everything – the investigation – begins."