Ex-N.O. teacher, Scout leader arrested on child porn, rape charges in Tammany _lowres

Photo provided by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office — Dennis Mischler, 65, a former New Orleans school teacher and Scout leader, was booked in May of 2014 in St. Tammany Parish on charges including child pornography and attempted simple rape of a juvenile.

Jury selection was underway Monday for the trial of former New Orleans teacher and Boy Scout troop leader Dennis Mischler, 65, now of Covington, who faces molestation, child pornography and oral sexual battery charges.

The charges stem from crimes allegedly committed in St. Tammany Parish in 2005 and 2006.

Mischler was a longtime educator in New Orleans, who worked for the city’s public schools from August 1984 until Katrina in 2005 and then returned in 2008 before retiring that August. He worked most recently at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in Hollygrove.

Between his stints with the Orleans Parish School Board, Mischler was a teacher at Lusher Charter School’s elementary campus.

St. Tammany authorities said Mischler also was a former Scout leader in New Orleans.

Mischler was first arrested on a warrant for possession of child pornography in St. Tammany Parish on May 29, 2014. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond and agreeing to have no unsupervised contact with minors, but he was arrested again on July 2, 2014, on two counts of oral sexual battery and one count of attempted rape — the latter of which was dropped.

Mischler is currently charged with one count of molestation of a juvenile, two counts of oral sexual battery and 46 counts of pornography involving juveniles.

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday in 22nd Judicial District Court Judge August Hand’s courtroom at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington.

Assistant District Attorneys Collin Sims and Bruce Dearing are prosecuting the case.

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