Thibodaux High School Teacher Admits to Having Sexual Contact with a 17-year-old Student
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Jo Ann Mathews announced that a former Thibodaux High School teacher has been criminally charged after she admitted to having engaged in sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. Celeste Bergeron (25, W/F) of Thibodaux was charged Wednesday morning and is no longer employed by the Lafourche Parish School District.
Detectives began their investigation on Monday after learning of alleged sexual contact between Bergeron and a student. School officials placed Bergeron on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Detectives learned Bergeron and a student had engaged in sexual activity on at least two occasions, and they had exchanged numerous private messages over social media.
In meeting with detectives Wednesday morning, Bergeron admitted to having sexual contact with the student. She was issued a criminal summons for Prohibited Sexual Conduct between an Educator and a Student (RS 14:81.4), a misdemeanor. Penalties for a first offense of this crime include a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews said Bergeron is no longer employed by the Lafourche Parish School District. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated by any personnel in Lafourche Parish Schools and will be dealt with swiftly,” said Matthews.
Posted on Wed, January 7, 2015
by Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office