Iberville teacher arrested, admitted having sex with students, sheriff says _lowres

Keavin Keith

DNA results confirmed Friday that an Iberville Parish teacher who already admitted to having sexual relationships with three of his students did father a child with one of the girls when she was 15 years old, Sheriff Brett Stassi said.

Keavin 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 of a juvenile after one of the girls went to police and told investigators about a sexual relationship with the teacher, which produced a son.

That former student, a recent graduate of Iberville’s Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus, also helped investigators uncover Keith’s relationship with two other minor female students, authorities said. At least one of the victims told authorities she had engaged in oral sex in his classroom. Keith taught ninth- and 10th-grade civics and geography.

Keith was placed on administrative leave without a pay after his arrest.

Stassi said previously that Keith admitted to investigators that he’d had sex with the students.

“These DNA results just confirms her allegations,” Stassi said Friday. “Doesn’t mean there will be any new charges from us, but he could be asked for child support now.”

According to Keith’s arrest warrant released earlier this week, the victim 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.

As to why she came forward when she did the sheriff said, “She finally graduated. She’s out the system. She felt it was time to come forward.”

Stassi said Friday the girl tried to cover up her pregnancy by saying the father was another student attending the school.

“The parents of that student had a DNA test done that confirmed he wasn’t the father,” Stassi saidd.

The sheriff said his investigators have received information that Keith might have been seen in public with the child before the allegations surfaced but could not confirm Friday if that was true.

“This investigation is going to take a little while,” he said. “We’re making sure we can produce a case that can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The school district’s Chief Academic Officer Elvis Cavalier on Friday stood by previous statements that school officials were not aware of what was going on.

“Obviously, if something of this nature would have been brought to my attention it would have been handled,” he said.

District administrators said they could not comment Friday about whether any previous allegations or disciplinary actions had been taken against Keith in relation to these incidents because it is a personnel matter.

Keith had been 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.

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