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A Louisiana Middle School principal has been accused of having sex with a teenage boy.
Ashleigh Landry, 44, is now facing charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile after authorities said she admitted to having sexual intercourse with the teen and “exchanging inappropriate messages” with him, according to a statement from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
"This is an unusual and rare occurrence,” Sheriff Craig Webre told local news outlet Houma Today. “Regrettably it does happen when people are in a position of authority. Particularly when it's over children it really shocks the conscience of the community and makes it more egregious."
Landry had served as the principal at Lockport Middle School, but is no longer employed with the district, authorities said.
Authorities began their investigation earlier this month after learning that Landry had allegedly been sending inappropriate messages to a teenage boy that were “sexual in nature.”
According to a redacted police report obtained by Oxygen.com, the reporting party had walked into the teen’s bedroom and found that he had fallen asleep while on “FaceTime” with Landry. While the teen slept, the woman searched through his messages and found the inappropriate conversations.
One of the messages between the pair allegedly stated “I want you to tell me that when I am f—ing you,” according to the report.
Landry agreed to meet with detectives to discuss the case and allegedly admitted to sending the messages and having sexual relations with the teen, investigators said.
A warrant was issued for her arrest and she was taken into custody.
Capt. Brennan Matherne, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, told Oxygen.com that authorities are not releasing the victim’s age. However, according to state statutes, the victim must be between the ages of 13 and 16 years old for the charges to be applicable.
Matherne said the student does not currently attend Lockport Middle School, but declined to provide details on any school he may have attended in the past.
Lafourche Parish School District Superintendent Jarrod Martin confirmed to Houma Today that Landry no longer works for the district. He said school officials are cooperating with authorities as the investigation unfolds.
“We will certainly work closely with the Sheriff’s Office in order to ensure that a complete and thorough investigation into the matter is conducted,” he told the paper.
Landry was released from the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex after posting a $25,000 bail, the sheriff’s office said.
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