A Criminal Court judge in St. Charles Parish has revealed the name, address and phone number of the juvenile victim in a case that drew national and even international attention.
Two Destrehan High School teachers, Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respass, are accused of providing alcohol and having sex with a 16-year-old student. While both are booked on charges in Kenner, Dufresne is facing a carnal knowledge of a juvenile charge in St. Charles Parish.
“Just by the nature of the people involved in it, it's going to have a lot of attention,” said Joseph Raspanti.
Dufresne is the daughter of St. Charles Parish Criminal District Court Judge Emile St. Pierre. After St. Pierre recused himself from the case, the other two judges at Criminal Court did the same. Judge Michele Morel attached Dufresne's arrest report in her recusal order, clearly showing the victim's personal information.
“It's amazing to me," Raspanti said. "That is a very basic thing that everyone that practices law will tell you. The first day of law school, in the first criminal class, you learn this. I could understand why the DA is very disappointed, to say the least, by that action.”
District Attorney Joel Chaisson filed an order the next day to have the information redacted from the public record. The order was granted.
Chaisson released this statement:
Morel released the following statement Tuesday evening: