A former teacher at Elton High School who was arrested for allegedly having inappropriate contact with students has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Justin Joseph Fruge

Thirty-five-year-old Justin Joseph Fruge was arrested in January on six counts of prohibited sexual conduct between a teacher and a student; four counts of molestation; and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

The victim's parents asked that the charged be reduced.

Fruge faces up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing will be July 20. He remains in the Jefferson Davis Parish jail on $145,000 bond.

The sheriff's office began investigating Fruge in January after hearing allegations from school officials about inappropriate behavior involving current and former students.