Report: Teacher reaches plea deal in sex with student case


DESTREHAN, La. – A 32-year-old teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student has reached a plea deal that will allow her to avoid prison time or having to register as a sex offender, according to a report on The Advocate.

Shelley Dufresne was facing a felony count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile for an alleged sexual encounter with the young man at a home in Montz, Louisiana.

According to The Advocate, Dufresne’s deal included pleading guilty to one count of obscenity. She received a deferred sentence of three years in prison, three years of active probation and a $1,000 fine.

She will avoid serving any time on condition that she avoid contact with the victim and his family and complete 90 days of treatment at a mental health facility by the end of August. She will also have to forfeit her teachers’ license.

A bill of information filed last year by St. Charles District Attorney Joel Chaisson II said the sexual encounters between Dufresne and the teenager occurred from Aug. 22 through Sept. 27.

Dufresne and another teacher, 24-year-old Rachel Respess, also face charges related to a sexual encounter involving the two women and the 16-year-old young man.

That alleged incident occurred in Kenner.

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