Lafayette police say teacher admitted sexual contact with student _lowres

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Joshua Krieg, 27, of Lafayette, was arrested Jan. 21, 2015, after he admitted to police to having sex with a 14-year-old student. Krieg had just begun teaching at St. Thomas More Catholic High School after resigning from Comeaux High School this month, but authorities have not confirmed where the 14-year-old attended class.

A Lafayette teacher was arrested Wednesday after police say he admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old student.

Joshua Krieg, 27, told police he was in love with the girl, with whom he had sex three times at his Lafayette home, according to Krieg’s arrest affidavit. The girl revealed the relationship to her mother, who on Tuesday reported it to police, the affidavit states.

The girl told police Krieg was her speech teacher, although authorities have not disclosed where she was a student.

The Diocese of Lafayette said the allegations were not connected to Krieg’s employment with St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where he had been teaching for just seven days prior to his arrest, the Rev. Richard Greene, diocese spokesman, said in an emailed statement to KATC-TV.

Bruce Leininger, human resources director with the Lafayette Parish School System, confirmed that Krieg resigned from Comeaux High School effective Jan. 7, the day after students returned from winter break.

Leininger declined to comment on Krieg’s reason for resigning but said Thursday afternoon that no relationship with a student had been reported to school officials prior to his departure.

“We just learned about this about an hour ago,” Leininger said.

It’s unclear at this point how school system administrators will respond to Krieg’s arrest. Efforts to reach interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune on Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.

Krieg taught English at Comeaux High School from Aug. 12, 2013, until his resignation, and he taught English at St. Martinville Senior High School from March to May 2012, Leininger said.

He’s since been placed on administrative leave from St. Thomas More pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, Greene said.

Krieg remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Thursday afternoon on a count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with bail set at $40,000.

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