Finding a judge to hear teacher sex case may be complicated

Shelley Dufresne walks out of JPCC (FOX 8 photo)
Shelley Dufresne walks out of JPCC (FOX 8 photo)

Our partners at | The Times-Picayune are reporting that it may be difficult to find a judge to hear the case of a teacher accused of having sex with a student.

The father of suspect Shelley Dufresne is 29th Judicial District Court senior Judge Emile St. Pierre.

The judge who set Dufresne's bond, Judge Lauren Lemmon, has recused herself because of her working relationship with St. Pierre. There are two other judges who can hear felony cases in St. Charles Parish, and it's possible that they will do the same.

If that happens, the state Supreme Court would have to appoint a judge to hear the case. Attorneys could also ask for a change of venue.

Dufresne was booked Tuesday in St. Charles Parish on one felony count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile for an alleged encounter that occurred in Montz. She bonded out Tuesday night and was placed under house arrest.

She was re-arrested Wednesday in Kenner on three more counts related to an alleged incident in that jurisdiction with the same student and another teacher. She bonded out of the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center Wednesday night.

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