A 34-year-old Louisiana teacher is accused of raping her 10-year-old male student.
Deidre Smith, 34, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Smith has not been fired from her position.
In a statement to KPLC Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, president of the Lake Charles Charter Academy, says the school is taking the allegations seriously.
“The allegation is being investigated,” reads the statement. “The allegation has not been verified to be true. If verified that teacher will be subject to termination. The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority.
“The incident was an isolated, off-campus, incident involving only one student,” the statement adds. “Once the allegation was reported the school promptly took steps to contact authorities who are now conducting the investigation. The investigation is incomplete and ongoing.”
Smith’s LinkedIn page shows that she has been employed by Charter Schools USA as a third-grade teacher since 2012. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from McNeese State University. In 2015 she received her master’s degree in teaching and completed an Alternative Teacher Education Program at the same university. Her Louisiana state teaching license is current through 2023 and permits her to teach elementary grades 1-5.
Smith was arrested Tuesday but released the same day after posting $50,000 bond.