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Plea allows teacher to avoid prison, sex-offender registry

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago April 09, 2015 Apr 9, 2015 Thursday, April 09 2015 April 09, 2015 2:54 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

HAHNVILLE, La. - One of two former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, has agreed to a plea deal in St. Charles Parish that will allow her to avoid prison time or having to register as a sex offender.

The deal was announced in Hahnville at a Thursday hearing in the case of 32-year-old Shelley Dufresne. The deal avoids a May 20 trial.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Dufresne pleaded guilty to one felony count of obscenity. She received a $1,000 fine but a three-year prison sentence was deferred on the condition that she complete 90 days of mental health treatment.

She and another former Destrehan teacher have been arrested, but not yet formally charged, in a Jefferson Parish case involving the same student.

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