PLAQUEMINE — A former Iberville Parish teacher faces up to 50 years in prison after pleading no contest Tuesday to charges related to sexual affairs he had with several students — one of which produced a child.
Keavin Keith left the Iberville Parish Courthouse on Tuesday morning flanked by his lawyer and family members, refusing to answer any questions related to his decision to plead no contest, which has the same effect as a guilty plea.
Keith, who was placed on administrative leave without pay following his May 2015 arrest, is due back in court May 11 for sentencing from a state district court judge on five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.
The court may sentence Keith to a maximum of 10 years for each carnal knowledge charge and a total of six months for the 30 misdemeanor counts of prohibited sex with his students.
“We’re deferring all statements until after the sentencing,” Keith’s attorney, Michael Distefano, said as they left the courthouse.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Engolio called Tuesday’s court proceedings a good resolution to a case with an overwhelming amount of evidence of wrongdoing stacked against Keith.
“By no means does (the no contest plea) take away from the fact that he was taking ownership and pleading guilty in the matter,” Engolio said during an interview outside the courtroom. “It has the same effect as a guilty plea in criminal court. It just cannot be used against him in a civil proceeding.”
Keith, 58060 Desobry St., was a teacher at Iberville’s Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus when he was arrested after a female student told authorities about her sexual relationship with the 30-year-old man and that she conceived his child, a son, when she was 15.
Upon further investigation, police learned Keith had sexual relationships with at least two more female students.
One of the victims told authorities she had engaged in oral sex with Keith in his classroom and had sex with Keith at his Plaquemine home, which she described to police.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said previously that Keith admitted to having sexual relationships with three students, and DNA tests have confirmed that he is the father of the child.
“We would hope to see jail time in this matter,” Engolio said. “Hopefully, today will give the victims the ability to move on. It’s a good day for them in that they don’t have to be dragged through the court process any further.”
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