Latest info: DNA results confirmed Friday that an Iberville Parish teacher did father a child with one of the girls when she was 15 years old.
An Iberville Parish teacher who has admitted to police that he had sexual relationships with three students fathered a child with the first victim when she was 15 years old, according to the warrant issued for his arrest.
The warrant also states that the teacher, Keavin Keith, and at least one other victim had engaged in oral sex in his classroom at Iberville’s Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus in Plaquemine.
Keith, 30, was arrested late Monday and booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and five counts of felony carnal knowledge.
Sheriff Brett Stassi said previously that Keith admitted to investigators that he’d had sex with the students.
Keith, who resides at 58060 Desobry St., Plaquemine, was released from jail on $100,000 bail Tuesday afternoon.
A man who identified himself as Keith’s stepfather, David Keith, said Tuesday that his son had hired a lawyer but that no one would be commenting on the arrest.
School officials said Keavin Keith had been an MSA-West teacher since the school opened in 2008. Shortly after the Sheriff’s Office announced his arrest, the school district’s Chief Academic Officer Elvis Cavalier said Keith, who taught ninth- and 10th-grade civics and geography, was placed on administrative leave without pay.
According to the affidavit, the first victim went to the Sheriff’s Office on Monday and told investigators about her sexual relationship with Keith and that it had produced a son conceived when she was 15.
Stassi said Wednesday that his office is awaiting DNA results to confirm the victim’s allegation.
The victim, whose name was redacted from the police records, 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.
She told police that Keith had a gun and threatened to hurt himself if anyone found out about their relationship, the affidavit says.
The first victim also provided police with the names of the other two girls Keith had allegedly had sex with.
At least one of the victims spoke with police later Monday and told authorities that she had engaged in oral sex with Keith in his classroom, the affidavit states.
The second victim said she also had sex with Keith at his Plaquemine home, which she described to police.
The second victim also told police that while she was in Keith’s home, she saw photographs of him with another teenage girl. She said that in one of the photographs, Keith’s and the girl’s tongues were touching and in another they were kissing.
The search warrant executed by police revealed Iberville Parish deputies asked the court for permission to seize Keith’s cellphone, computer, the photographs and any other electronic device inside. It also says police asked for a DNA sample from Keith.
As of Wednesday, Stassi said, no new victims had come forward. But anyone is encouraged to do so as the investigation continues.
Cavalier has described Keith’s arrest as a shocking blow to the school district.
Keith had been one of the district’s best teachers, even being recognized as the parish’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2013.
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.
Keith’s teacher profile, posted on the Iberville Parish School System’s website, says he was born and raised in Plaquemine and was a 2008 graduate of LSU.
In his profile, Keith says he “started from the bottom, and now I’m here,” a play on lyrics from a popular rap song by Drake.
“I am very fortunate to be able to say that I look forward to work every day, and to challenging and equipping our future leaders,” Keith said in his teacher profile. “P.S. this is no cliche; teenagers today are our leaders of tomorrow and are worth the investment in time and energy to get them flying as high as possible.”
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