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'Teacher of the Year' indicted for sex with students

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 07 2015 Jul 7, 2015 July 07, 2015 5:31 PM July 07, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones and Chris Nakamoto

PLAQUEMINE - A grand jury indicted a former Iberville Parish teacher Tuesday of having sex with multiple students in his classroom.

WBRZ has learned the grand jury watched a confession by Keavin Keith, before they rendered their decision to hand up an indictment against him.

"This case is well put together by the investigators," Sheriff Brett Stassi said. "I think once we get a jury in front of them, we will be able to produce a guilty verdict."

The 35-count indictment accuses Keavin Keith of carnal knowledge and prohibited sex between a teacher and a student. Investigators arrested Keith in May on 37 charges of inappropriate behavior with students after Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said multiple victims came forward.

"We went in with one," Sheriff Stassi said in May. "In less than 12 hours, we had three."

Investigators said the victims told them Keith, who was named Teacher of the Year" while working at the Math Science and Arts Academy West, would meet them in the ninth grade classroom. It's unclear if any of the sexual encounters occurred on the school's campus. Authorities said DNA tests also revealed Keith fathered a child with one of his students when she was 15.

"So far things have moved smoothly with our victims so I believe we will be able to move through the criminal justice system with their cooperation," Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Engolio said.

Authorities said Keith began showing suicidal tendencies after his arrest, and he later posted a $100,000 bond. The school placed Keith on leave after his arrest, and he resigned in June.

Keith is due in court for an arraignment at the end of the month. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison.

Keith faces felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges (5 counts) and misdemeanor prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student (30 counts).

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