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One boy’s dream, someone else’s nightmare

By Alexis Miano

Dufresne has taught English for 10 years at Destrehan High School, where met another teacher who now has been implicated in the sex abuse case

Dufresne has taught English for 10 years at Destrehan High School, where met another teacher who now has been implicated in the sex abuse case

 Shelly Dufresne, a 32-year-old wife, mother and teacher, was allegedly involved  in group sex with her 24-year-old co-worker Rachel Respess, a fellow teacher at Destrehan High School, and a 16-year-old male student. The legal age for sexual consent is 17 in Louisiana. The incident apparently happened after a football game on Sept. 12. There are rumors of multiple sexual encounters with the three and one in particular involving only Shelly and the student. This event, for which Shelly faces separate charges, is said to have happened  in September at the teacher’s home in Montz, La.

Student opinion at Delgado varies on the topic of sex with a minor related to this story. Carlos, an architecture major at Delgado, does not think it’s rape on the females’ part. He says that in order for the man to be a part of the interaction, he must be aroused, which is essentially consenting.

Charles, an architectural construction technology major, who claims to know both the teachers and the student, says he’s happy for the kid  because he got to live out a dream that every high school student wishes to achieve. Charles does not believe it is rape at all.

Patrick, a former film student, believes it is rape on the two teachers’ parts because the student was not old enough to consent. However, he also believes it would be different if the 16-year-old were a female because men are stronger. Patrick thinks 18 is a good age to legally be able to consent.

While the majority would say the 16-year-old in question, who assures the public that the sexual acts were in fact consensual, was not taken advantage of, the law still states that the legal age to consent is 17, leaving little if no leeway on the matter. Both teachers could potentially face 17 years in prison.

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