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Louisiana Teacher Involved in Threesome with Student Pleads Not Guilty

November 26, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Shelley Dufresne, one of two former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having threeway sex with a 16-year-old student, made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

Dufresne stood silent and showed little emotion as her lawyer pleaded not guilty on her behalf in 29th Judicial District Court in Hahnville.

St. Charles Parish prosecutors have charged Dufresne, 32, with one felony count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The charges stem from allegations of sexual misconduct involving another teacher and the victim, who is a 16 year old male teenager at a home in Montz.

Documents presented in court on Tuesday, St. Charles District Attorney Joel Chaisson II offered few details about the accusations, although in the single-page filing prosecutors allege the sex occurred from Aug. 22 through Sept. 27.

Dufresne was arrested on Sept. 30 and rearrested again the next day by Kenner police, along with fellow teacher Rachel Respess, 24, who both are alleged to have been involved in a three-way sexual romp with the student in Respess’ Kenner apartment after a Friday night High football game in September.

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Both teachers were also charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The prosecutors allege that Dufresne continued to have sex with the youth after the alleged threeway in Kenner.

Dufresne was released on a $200,000 bond on the condition she remain in her home except for limited circumstances. On Tuesday, retired Judge Anne Lennan Simon, who is handling the case on an ad hoc basis, agreed to Dufresne’s request to loosen those restrictions, instead giving her a curfew running from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Her lawyer, Deanne Williams, requested easing the restrictions Nov. 14, which would allow Dufresne to take her three young children to school, attend appointments and go to exercise classes while awaiting trial.

Prosecutors did not oppose the request.

Dufresne is under court order of protection not to contact the alleged victim or his family.

Julie Cullen, an assistant district attorney and lead prosecutor filed for a protective order to prohibit Dufresne or her attorney from releasing materials provided during the court’s discovery phase, “due to the very sensitive nature of the allegations in this case and the age of the victim and several witnesses.” Simon also granted that request without opposition.

Chaisson attended Tuesday’s arraignment, watching the proceeding from the courtroom’s jury box.

Dufresne’s father, state Judge Emile St. Pierre, watched from the front row of the courtroom, an arm around his wife. Afterward, her parents brushed past a throng of reporters waiting near the courthouse steps.

Dufresne followed a few moments later, covering her face and declining comment.

Dufresne, who graduated from Destrehan High in 2000 and LSU in 2005, was a teacher at the high school for 10 years. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Dufresne and Respess have yet to be formally arraigned on the allegations in Jefferson Parish, but are due to appear in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna in January.

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