GONZALES — A former 34-year-old assistant athletic trainer and health teacher at East Ascension High School was arrested Wednesday afternoon on allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old female student, city police said.
Louis Carl Aguillard, 39340 Hunters Trace, Prairieville, was booked on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and one count of malfeasance in office, Gonzales police said in a statement.
Police made the announcement Wednesday afternoon just hours after Aguillard turned himself in and as students at East Ascension finished their last day of school for the summer.
The arrest warrant for Aguillard stemmed from a weeklong investigation by detectives with the help of East Ascension High and school system administrators over allegations Aguillard was having inappropriate sexual contact with the 17-year-old girl.
Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken said Wednesday that a teacher reported concerns to a faculty member who shared the concerns with police. Nethken said Aguillard was an assistant trainer for all of the high school’s youth sports programs.
When asked Wednesday if any allegations tied Aguillard with other students, Nethken answered, “Right now, all we know of is this one.”
Jackie Tisdell, school system spokeswoman, said Aguillard, who taught occupational health, began working at East Ascension High in Gonzales in 2014.
Tisdell said he no longer works for the school system but said she could not say when he left the school or why.
“I cannot provide any additional information as it is a personnel matter,” Tisdell said.
Nethken said Aguillard was a school system employee when police began their investigation about a week ago.
Acting schools Superintendent A. Denise Graves said in a statement the school system requires criminal background checks before employees are hired and has a zero-tolerance policy over inappropriate contact between students and staff.
“The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to our district,” Graves said.
Searches of records in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes show no previous arrests for Aguillard.
An online state Department of Education database says Aguillard has been licensed to teach in Louisiana since July 2009.
Nethken said Aguillard did work for other schools before he joined the Ascension system, but with the investigation still pending, Nethken would not disclose the other schools.
Aguillard was taken to Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville, and bail had not been set as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.
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