Destrehan woman who admitted having sex with student has teaching certificate revoked by BESE _lowres

Shelley Dufresne

Without discussion, a committee of Louisiana’s top school board Tuesday approved the revocation of the teaching certificate of a former Destrehan High School teacher who admitted having sex with a 16-year-old student.

The full state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to do the same when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The action was taken by BESE’s Educator Effectiveness Committee.

The issue was a consent item, which means that, unless a panel member raised objection, the revocation would be approved.

None did so.

The case involves Shelley Dufresne, who initially faced charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Dufresne in April pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor obscenity, including a deferred sentence of three years in prison, three years of active probation and a $1,000 fine.

While the plea involves a misdemeanor, her attorney has requested a Sept. 1 hearing so she can plead guilty to felony obscenity, according to court records.

Under BESE rules, anyone convicted of a felony faces revocation of his or her teaching certificate.

A BESE official said last week that the panel planned to proceed with the revocation based on information provided by Louisiana Probation and Parole.

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