Two Destrehan High School teachers have been arrested for sexual misconduct after they allegedly had a threesome with the same male student.

On Tuesday, Destrehan High School teacher Shelly Dufresne, 32, was arrested and booked in connection with having sexual relations with a minor. Today, 24-year-old Destrehan High School teacher Rachel Respess turned herself into police after being accused of sexual relations with the same student.

Authorities say they were informed of the allegations last week when school officials told them that a male student was "bragging to other students" about his sexual encounters with teachers.

Detectives spoke with the student who said the illegal tryst was consensual and confirmed having a threesome with both teachers in Respess' apartment home in Kenner, allegedly after a high school football game, when the sexual encounter with the juvenile occurred.

Respess also gave police a statement that was similar to the account of events described by the student, but "stopped short of a full confession."

Rachel Respess (left) and Shelley Dufresne (right), Kenner Police Department

According to details released by police, both teachers graduated from LSU after attending Destrehan High while growing up in St. Charles Parish. Dufresne is reportedly married with three children.

The student is said to be a junior at Destrehan High School and was taught by Respess last year. Dufresne was the student's current English teacher and the two were said to be friends.

Police say they have "no doubt" that the teachers had sex with the student and are also investigating the possibility that the sexual encounter was photographed and/or videotaped.

The Director of Public Information for St. Charles Parish Schools released this statement:

As soon as the school system was alerted to the allegations, an investigation was immediately conducted and the Sheriff's Office was notified. The school system has been fully cooperating with the Sheriff's Office throughout the investigation and is being advised by our attorney. Since arrests have been made, the teachers are currently suspended without pay. According to ACT 570, Louisiana law does not allow for suspension without pay until an arrest has been made. This matter is a personnel issue and confidential, therefore no other information will be discussed.

Even though the student was four days away from from being 17 years old and no longer considered a minor when the incident took place, Police Chief Michael Glaser addressed the double standards of male teachers and female students versus female teachers and male students by saying that the community should "still be outraged."

Both teachers are facing felony charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

UPDATE (10/2 11:42 am): Both teachers have bonded out of jail.

NOLA.com obtained new details with the release of the booking information on both teachers. The brief reports by Kenner police shine a little more light on the relationships between Dufresne, Respess, and the student.

  • Durfresne had sexual contact more than once before the alleged threesome with Respess on September 12
  • Dufresne "enticed and transported" the juvenile to Respess' apartment with the intention to engage in sexual acts and propositioned Respess to join her in the encounter.
  • Respess told detectives she was aware the teenage boy was being brought to her Kenner apartment for sex.
  • The juvenile told police that he had sex with both women at the apartment, and while having sex with Respess, Dufresne began kissing Respess in an intimate manner in order to arouse everyone involved. Everyone was completely naked.

Both teachers have been suspended from their jobs without pay.

[via WWL]