Former teacher arrested for sexual conduct with students

New Orleans, La. - Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a former John Ehret High School teacher for sexual conduct with students. Rene Pierre, 47, of Gretna, turned himself into police on Tuesday.

Police say that they began investigating this incident in October 2012 after a 17-year-old student at Ehret told his father that Pierre, who was an art teacher, was displaying inappropriate behavior and sending him harassing text messages of sexual content. Pierre also removed all of his clothing and asked the student to draw a picture of his backside.

Detective Brian Johnson, who is the officer on campus at Ehret, began investigating and learned that a 16-year-old student and an 18-year-old student experienced similar behavior from Pierre. Johnson interviewed several victims, faculty members and witnesses. He learned that Pierre would show the students pornographic images on his computer, while at the school. Johnson also discovered that Pierre would try to lure students into a back room, hoping to perform sexual acts with them.

Detectives took possession of Pierre's computer as evidence that will be used in the case. JPSO detectives are asking parents of any students who may have had contact with Pierre along these same allegations, to call Detective Brian Johnson at 504-364-5300 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.