Mark Aune, former athletic director and girls basketball coach at Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, has been arrested on a number of sex counts involving child pornography and solicitation, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday.
Aune, 51 of Opelousas, was booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on counts of attempted production of sexual abuse images/videos of children, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor, Landry said in a news release.
The school released the following statement about the arrest:
"Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau was surprised to learn of the recent arrest of one of its employees. The school had no knowledge of the alleged conduct giving rise to the arrest and charges and, thankfully, has no information that any of our students were involved. Under the circumstances, the employee will have no association with our school moving forward. We are not at liberty to discuss any further details relating to this matter and defer any further inquiries to the applicable law enforcement agencies.
"We are extremely proud of our nearly 200-year legacy of teaching young people who have benefited from an outstanding education immersed in faith and integrity, and we will continue to serve our students and families in a manner that merits our exemplary reputation."
The investigation was initiated in Texas, where the Texas Department of Public Safety has requested assistance from special agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Landry said.
Also involved in the investigation were Homeland Security Investigations and the St. Landry Sheriff’s Office, Landry said.
Anyone with additional information or concerns regarding Aune can call the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit at 800-256-4506. Callers do not have to give their names.