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Arraignment of Destrehan teacher delayed

1 year 11 months 4 weeks ago October 23, 2014 Oct 23, 2014 Thursday, October 23 2014 October 23, 2014 12:16 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

HAHNVILLE - Arraignment of a former Destrehan High School teacher at the center of sex allegations involving a 16-year-old student has been pushed back to next month.

Shelley Dufresne, 32, was set to be arraigned Thursday, but will be delayed after Retired Judge Anne Lennan Simon granted the continuance on Wednesday. The arraignment is now scheduled for Nov. 25.

Dufresne faces criminal proceedings in both St. Charles and Jefferson parishes.

Dufresne was arrested Sept. 30 by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office and booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile stemming at a home in Montz based on allegations that she had inappropriate sex with a teenaged student.

A day later, Dufresne was arrested again, along with a second teacher at Destrehan High, 24-year-old Rachel Respess, who was accused of having a group sexual encounter that involved herself and the same student in Respess' Kenner apartment after a football game last month.

The next court appearance for Dufresne and Respess comes on Nov. 17 when they will appear before the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna for a status conference.

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