Special education teacher faces new child sex charges

Published: May. 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM CDT
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Murary "Joey" Duncan, 45 (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)
Murary "Joey" Duncan, 45 (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

BOGALUSA, LA (WVUE) - A special education teacher and junior high school basketball coach faces new charges involving child molestation.

Murray "Joey" Duncan, 45, has been held in the Washington Parish Jail since April 16 on charges of pornography involving juveniles and aggravated incest.

Duncan was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Thursday on two new counts of molestation of a juvenile involving two children under the age of 10. Investigators say the victims are residents of Washington Parish, but some of the alleged crimes took place during field trips and at summer camps in other jurisdictions.

Duncan is the target of numerous allegations involving sexually abused children. His is accused of crimes against three children, but that number could grow significantly as the investigation unfolds, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff's office. Detectives are still looking through items seized from Duncan's home. Louisiana State Police is assisting in the investigation.

"As this case continues to expand, I am constantly reminded of the obligation to protect our children from sexual predators," Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. "We will continue to do that to the best of our ability and will leave no stone unturned in seeking out and arresting those who exploit our children for sexual or any other purposes."

Duncan's original bond was set at $350,000. There is no word on a new bond for the additional charges.

Back in April, WPSO Deputy Chief Mike Haley said investigators uncovered two incidents that occurred at an overnight church youth trip to the Baton Rouge Zoo and another two incidents that occurred at a church youth group camp.

Haley said Duncan confessed to inappropriate behavior with children, saying, "I've been battling these demons for a long time."

Duncan worked at Mt. Hermon School in Washington Parish. He was also a church volunteer. His image is still listed in the faculty section of the school's website, but it is unclear whether or not he is still employed.

If any parent, guardian, teacher or other responsible adult is aware of the possibility of abuse of any child, they are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 839-3434.

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