For the second time this year, a St. Tammany Parish high school teacher and coach has been accused of having sexual relations with a student.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested William Leto, a former assistant girls’ basketball coach at Fontainebleau High School, on Thursday and charged him with molesting a student.
The Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint last month from an adult who said Leto, a 37-year-old math teacher, was having inappropriate sexual relations with a female student, Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release. Seuzeneau said detectives launched an investigation and determined that the complaints were legitimate.
Leto made inappropriate contact with the underage victim through social media and began “grooming” her, Seuzeneau said, add that during an interview, the victim said she had sexual contact with Leto on multiple occasions.
The molestation did not include sexual intercourse, Seuzeneau said.
“It’s bad enough when someone takes advantage of a child. It’s even worse when it’s a person of trust, in this case, a teacher,” Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement. “We will not tolerate this in our community.”
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Leto is the second St. Tammany Parish coach to face charges of molesting a student this year. Raymond Winzy, a teacher at Slidell High School and the girls basketball coach, was arrested in March after allegations surfaced that he was having sex with students, in some cases in exchange for giving them better grades.
Leto is being charged with four counts of molestation of a juvenile by an educator and one count of computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile. As the investigation continues, Leto could face additional charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
St. Tammany Parish Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said the district took immediate action as soon as officials learned of the allegations.
“We do everything possible to maintain safety in our schools, including extensive background checks and fingerprinting for every employee,” Folse said. “Employees are not allowed to communicate with students through social media, and we encourage anyone with information about these allegations to contact the Sheriff’s Office.”
Anyone with further information, or other victims, can contact Detective Scott Davis at 985-276-1327 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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