Second Destrehan HS teacher turns self in following sex allegations

Shelley S. Dufresne, 32 (Kenner Police Department)
Shelley S. Dufresne, 32 (Kenner Police Department)
Rachel Respess (Kenner Police Department)
Rachel Respess (Kenner Police Department)

A second teacher from Destrehan High School has turned herself in following allegations of a sexual relationship with a male student.

A spokesman for the Kenner Police Department confirmed that Rachel Respess turned herself in on Wednesday.

Respess is booked with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Another Destrehan High School teacher was arrested Tuesday for sexual relations with a student, according to a news release from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office. She posted a $200,000 bond set by Judge Lauren Lemmon and was released Tuesday night.

Shelley S. Dufresne, 34, of Montz was booked with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office released the following statement about Dufresne's release:

"Dufresne was released with the conditions of posting a $10,000 cash bond and a personal surety bond for the remainder of the balance. Special conditions of Dufresne's release include: Dufresne has been placed on house arrest. She is not allowed to leave the residence except for continued intensive mental health treatment, doctors' appointments, and church.  Dufresne must provide the court with proof of continued treatment. Failure to comply will result in Dufresne reporting back to Jail."

Dufresne allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old student who attends Destrehan High School. The alleged incident occurred in early September at a home in Montz, the release said.

The report was made to Sheriff's Office by school district officials on Sept. 25 after they became aware of a male student bragging to other students about a sexual relationship with teachers.

The Sheriff's Office said an additional incident in another jurisdiction is under investigation.

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