A Youngsville, Louisiana teacher and her husband have been charged after police alleged they took part in a voyeuristic sex game with an underage
A Youngsville, Louisiana teacher and her husband have been charged after police alleged they took part in a voyeuristic sex game with an underage foreign exchange student.
According to The Daily Mail, teacher Kimberly Wellman-Rich, 34, and her husband Jeffery Rich, 36, are also accused of supplying the 15-year-old foreign exchange student with marijuana and alcohol.
Police also claim that Wellman-Rich had sex with the teen in front of her husband.
Wellman-Rich works for the Lafayette Parish School System, which comprises nine separate districts that run 16 schools ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. Police have not specified where she works.
Both have been freed on bond.
Female teacher, 34, ‘had sex with a foreign exchange student, 15, in front of her husband and the couple is gave him marijuana and alcohol’
The teacher has been charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, encouraging or contributing to child delinquency and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile in regards to her relationship with the foreign exchange student, while her husband faces accessory charges. It was not immediately clear if the couple was available for comment or if they had retained attorneys.
According to CBS affiliate KLFY, Youngsville police began investigating the couple on Jan. 26 after receiving an anonymous report claiming Wellman-Rich was sexually abusing a foreign exchange student she was hosting in her home.
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“The complainant alleged that Kimberly Wellman-Rich is a host parent to a male juvenile foreign exchange student and that they believed Mrs. Wellman-Rich was having a sexual relationship with the student,” Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux said in a statement.
Police also stated that the husband had “first-hand knowledge” of the sexual relationship.
Investigators alleged that Wellman-Rich began having sexual intercourse with the juvenile when he was 15 years old up until the time he was removed from her home.
LPSS employee and husband accused of sex crimes involving foreign exchange student, police said
Officials stated the foreign exchange student was removed from the teacher’s home the same day police began their investigation.
Boudreaux told ABC affiliate KATC that the parish school board and the company that places foreign exchange students worked with police in the matter.
“As soon as we were able to start sustaining anything with the allegations he was immediately removed from the home by the school board as well as the company that does the placing of them,” the chief said.
“LPSS is fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation. Because this is a personnel matter, no further information will be provided,” school officials said in a statement.
Several interviews were conducted with independent witnesses and evidence was collected during the investigation to substantiate the anonymous complaint that was made.
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According to The Advocate, the relationship between the foreign exchange student and the teacher began when he was 15 years old and was ongoing until his removal from the home in late January.
The age of consent in Louisiana is 17. Likewise, the legal drinking age is 21 and the couple are also accused of providing the teen with alcohol.
The local police chief stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior in light of the recent arrests.
“I’m not saying that had somebody suspected something early on that it would have been prevented,” Boudreaux told local media. “But it could have shortened the time span that it was occurring.”
It was not specified by law enforcement how long the inappropriate relationship lasted.
LPSS employee, husband, arrested after accusations she had sex with foreign exchange student