Trial date set in former Destrehan teacher’s sex case _lowres

Shelley Dufresne

One of the former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student is asking a judge to ease the terms of her house arrest.

Shelley Dufresne, 32, was originally released on a $200,000 bond on the condition she remain in her home except for limited circumstances. Now, her lawyer, Deanne Williams, has filed a motion requesting that Dufresne instead be given a curfew running from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The motion, filed last week, says that arrangement would allow Dufresne to take her three young children to school, attend appointments and go to exercise classes while she awaits trial.

The motion also says Dufresne has been undergoing treatment for depression and a mood disorder for five hours a day, five days a week.

The request is scheduled to be heard by retired Judge Anne Lennan Simon, the ad hoc judge handling the case in St. Charles Parish, the same day as Dufresne’s arraignment, Nov. 25.

Dufresne was arrested Sept. 30 by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile stemming from an alleged sexual encounter at a home in Montz with the teenager, who was 16 at the time.

A day later, she was arrested by Kenner police, along with fellow teacher Rachel Respess, 24, for allegedly having a three-way sexual encounter with the student in Respess’ Kenner apartment after a Destrehan High football game in September.

They were booked on identical charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Both teachers are due back in court in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna in early January.

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