Teachers accused of group sex with student post bond

Respess, Dufresne (Source: Kenner Police Department)
Respess, Dufresne (Source: Kenner Police Department)

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Two Destrehan High School teachers accused of having group sex with a student have posted $7,000 cash bonds and been released from custody.

Kenner police Sgt. Brian McGregor says 32-year-old Shelly Dufresne and 24-year-old Rachel Respess left the Jefferson Parish jail early Thursday. They are accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy at Respess' Kenner apartment.

Respess surrendered to authorities Wednesday. Dufresne was in custody in St. Charles Parish for allegedly having sex with the boy at a home in Montz, where she lives. She posted a $10,000 bond on that complaint before surrendering to Kenner authorities.

Both women face charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Booking records obtained by our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune indicate that "Dufresne and the victim were known to have had prior sexual encounters" and that "Dufresne approached the co-arrestee (Respess) in order to proposition her into joining the sexual encounter." The record also says that the victim was "enticed and transported" by Dufresne to Respess' apartment, where the ménage à trois took place.

"It doesn't matter under the law if it was two males and a female, or two females and a male, the same penalties apply," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.

But other factors, he said, could have an impact on any potential sentence.

"How the alleged victim feels, how his parents feel - all that goes into maybe how the DA intends to go forward with the case.," Raspanti said. "All these things are going to be in the pot and be cooked. This case has a lot of sizzle in it because of who is involved and the ages and the gender, etcetera. So, there's going to be a lot of scrutiny to this case, and that's part of it too."

St. Charles District Attorney Joel Chaisson said his office will take up the case despite the fact that Dufresne's father is a judge in the parish.

The investigation is ongoing.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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