A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities Friday morning after one of his former students accused him of making inappropriate comments to her at school on several occasions.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Oscar C. Mays, 50, on accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from the alleged comments to the girl, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The girl, 15, recently notified her parents about some of the comments, at which point the girl’s parents notified the school, according to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant. School officials then called in the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies met with the girl, who told them that Mays often told her she was “pretty” or that “she looked good,” the affidavit says. Eventually, the comments became more lewd, the girl told deputies. Mays allegedly made references to the girl’s breasts and other private parts, the affidavit says.
Deputies then met with Mays, who denied making any such comments. Mays told deputies he did remember telling the girl on at least one occasion that her shirt was too small. He suggested she should cover up more, the affidavit says.
Mays initially agreed to submit to a lie detector test in the presence of his attorney. A few days ago, however, the attorney, Cliff Ivey, called and said Mays no longer wanted to take the test. Deputies subsequently issued a warrant for Mays’ arrest.
“We categorically deny all the accusations in the affidavit,” Ivey said.
Mays’ attorney said the accusations were made in the context of some developing disciplinary problems involving the accuser.
Mays taught at Lee High for the past two years. An eight-year veteran of the school system, Mays also was a junior ROTC instructor, Keith Bromery, an East Baton Rouge Parish School System spokesman, said.
The school system placed Mays on unpaid leave following the recent developments, Bromery said.
Mays, of Jonesville, turned himself in to deputies Friday morning, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said.
He was booked into Parish Prison early Friday on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, then quickly released after posting $5,000 bail.
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