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Instructor at Lafayette HS arrested, out on bail

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Posted: Dec 6, 2011 7:17 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2011 7:17 AM
Source: The Advocate

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Topics: wbrz, louisiana, lafayette, high school, dance, teacher, arrest, touching, students

LAFAYETTE - A dance teacher at Lafayette High School was arrested after several reports of inappropriate contact with students.

Lafayette police began investigating Katie Champagne in November after a 14-year-old female student claimed the teacher grabbed her breasts and hit her on the buttocks.

Police retrieved surveillance video from a classroom where Champagne taught. The footage reportedly shows "several instances" of inappropriate touching.

Police say six students have come forward alleging that Champagne has touched them inappropriately.

Champagne was booked Monday on six counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. She is now out on bail.

Spokeswoman Angie Simoneaux with the Lafayette Parish School System says that Champagne is currently on leave with pay, pending an investigation.

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