A Louisiana teacher has been charged with raping a 10-year-old student.
Deidre R. Smith, 34, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office said they received a complaint on Tuesday from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy in Lake Charles, regarding one of their teachers. That administrator said they believed that Smith was “possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students,” the sheriff’s department stated. “During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018. It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim.”
Smith was arrested Tuesday but released the same day after posting $50,000 bond.
The school president, Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux said in a statement to Lake Charles' KPLC that Smith faces possible termination if the allegations are verified.
Thibodeaux said that the alleged sexual intercourse did not happen on school property.
“Once the allegation was reported, the school promptly took steps to contact authorities who are now conducting the investigation,” Thibodeaux’s stated. “The investigation is incomplete and ongoing.”
The case is still under investigation and the sheriff’s department stated that more charges are likely.
It’s not clear if Smith has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.
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