EUNICE — Police on Thursday arrested a former Eunice High teacher after she allegedly texted sexual photos to a student while she was employed at the school.
Jacqueline Fruge turned herself in to police Thursday morning after an arrest warrant was issued against her for prohibited sexual contact between an educator and student, Eunice Police Deputy Chief Varden Guillory Sr. said.
He said the Police Department launched an investigation into Fruge a few weeks ago after the department’s chief of detectives was shown the texts by “someone who was friends with the student.”
“It was never reported to us,” Guillory said.
During the investigation, detectives learned that students were aware of the texts and reported it to the school’s principal, Guillory said.
“Several student and faculty members interviewed said they were aware of an affair going on between her and her principal,” Guillory said. “That may be why he was reluctant to report it to police.
“Some students who had knowledge of this had reported it to him weeks before we knew about it,” Guillory said.
The state Attorney General’s Office will be asked to investigate the matter since faculty and administrators at the school allegedly had prior knowledge of the text messages and failed to report it to police, Guillory said.
In a news release, Guillory said that failure to report the incident is a violation of state law, which requires sexual conduct between an educator and student be reported to law enforcement.
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