A 17-year-old girl was jailed Monday after she told a deputy that she and a 14-year-old boy had gone into a vacant classroom at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School and performed sex acts on each other, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Tina Chong, a spokeswoman for the parish’s public school system, said she couldn’t comment on the situation Wednesday because Bonnabel had not yet completed its investigation into the matter.
In an initial report, the Sheriff’s Office said the girl entered a classroom at the Kenner school with a boy and they began kissing each other before he fondled her and performed oral sex on her. They undressed and were about to have intercourse when a teacher walked into the classroom and made them get dressed, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The teacher took the boy and girl to the school’s front office. The girl, a Kenner resident, voluntarily gave a statement to a deputy who met her there, and she was booked on one count of sexual battery, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Louisiana law states that it is sexual battery when an “act is consensual but the other person, who is not the spouse of the offender, has not yet attained 15 years of age and is at least three years younger than the offender.” That crime can be punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
The girl remained in jail on Wednesday, awaiting a bail hearing tentatively set for Monday before Jefferson Parish Judge Michael Mentz. That hearing will be governed by rules spelled out under “Gwen’s Law,” which can be invoked in Louisiana when there is an alleged crime between dating partners.
It was not immediately clear at what time Monday’s incident occurred and whether school was in session.