PLAQUEMINE — An Iberville Parish grand jury on Tuesday handed down an indictment against a former teacher accused of having sex with several of his students.
Keavin Keith, 30, 58060 Desobry St., Plaquemine, was charged with five counts of carnal knowledge and 31 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.
Keith, who is free on a $100,000 bail, was arrested in May after a female student told authorities about her sexual relationship with the former Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy teacher and that she conceived his child, a son, when she was 15.
Upon further investigation, police learned that Keith had sexual relationships with at least two more female students. At least one of the victims told authorities that she had engaged in oral sex with Keith in his classroom.
Keith has admitted to having sexual relationships with three students and DNA tests have confirmed that he is the father of the child, Sheriff Brett Stassi has said.
According to previous reports, the first victim provided authorities with Facebook messages between her and Keith dating to Jan. 25, 2014. She told police the two communicated through text messages, Facebook and by telephone.
Keith had been an MSA-West teacher since the school opened in 2008. Shortly after his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office reported he was placed on administrative leave without pay.
Keith had been one of the district’s best teachers, even being recognized as the parish’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2013. Keith taught ninth- and 10th-grade civics and geography.
A June 2013 article from the Plaquemine Post South says Keith was chosen to represent the parish in the regional teacher of the year competition.
Assistant District Attorney Scott Stassi said Tuesday the case would likely be set for trial by the end of the month.
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