LAFAYETTE — Lafayette High School drama teacher Blaine Peltier, 30, was arrested Thursday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female Lafayette High student, a police spokesman said Friday.
The student’s parents filed a complaint with the school system about the relationship and Peltier resigned from his job after questioned about the allegations Thursday morning, said Angela Morrison, a school district spokeswoman.
“We began to investigate the complaint immediately,” Morrison said. “Lafayette Parish School System is very concerned about the student involved in this situation and the family. We’re doing what we can to make sure their needs are met.”
The school system notified Lafayette police by phone at 8:45 a.m. Thursday and officers responded to the School Board office to investigate the allegations, said Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton, police spokesman.
Peltier was arrested for sexual conduct between an educator and student, a law passed in 2007 that prohibits sexual acts between educators and students between the ages of 17 and 20 who attend the educators’ school. Youths under age 17 are covered by other laws.
Mouton said the relationship occurred between March and July.
Peltier was employed by the Lafayette Parish School System since August 9, 2007, said Morrison, school district director of community collaborations and partnerships.
Mouton said the case remains under investigation.
The Advocate interviewed Peltier in May 2010 for a story about the Lafayette High School Performing Arts Academy’s selection to participate in a theater festival in Scotland.