St. Landry

Dec 27, 2012 7:20 PM by Maddie Garrett

Alleged Sexting Scandal and Affair Involves Eunice Teacher, Principal

A former Eunice High School teacher is charged with sexting a student. Sexually explicit pictures of Jacqueline "Jackie" Fruge have been circulating around the school and on the internet. Police said the pictures were taken while she was a teacher and sent to a male student. When another student showed them to police, they opened an investigation on Fruge.

An arrest warrant was issued last week and Fruge turned herself in Thursday morning. She is charged with "prohibited sexual contact between an educator and a student," a misdemeanor charge. She was released on $2,500 bond shortly after her arrest.

Fruge resigned at the beginning of December amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

But the investigation doesn't end there, more faculty could be involved. Eunice Police Deputy Chief Varden Guillory said Eunice High School's principal, Mitch Fontenot, knew about the alleged sexting but never reported it to police nor to the St. Landry Parish School Board. It was students who ultimately turned in Fruge.

"This was reported to the principal by other students of the school and no action was taken," said Guillory.

For weeks the sexually explicit pictures of Fruge have been circulating among students. Police said she sent them to a male student, then the images made their way to other students, the internet and even the school's principal.

Fontenot could also faces charges for knowing about the sexting and not telling police, and also for having a sexual relationship with Fruge on school property. Guillory said the affair between Principal Fontenot and Fruge was no secret.

"She confirmed this (affair) and it was also known by students at the school that this was taking place and brought to the attention of detectives," explained Guillory.

Varden said an affair isn't illegal, but this one could hold criminal consequences because it happened on school property, possibly during school hours by two public employees.

"We're still looking into that so it's ongoing and Lt. Daigle also said he's going to seek assistance from the Attorney General's office to maybe handle that part of the investigation," said Guillory.

All the while, the alleged affair and sexting scandal causes a ripple effect among students.

"The kids knew of a lot of these things going on and taking place and it's just a big distraction to them, it takes them off of their school work," Guillory said.

Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassimere told KATC he cannot comment on the case because it is ongoing, however the St. Landry Parish School Board is conducting its own investigation. Cassimere also told KATC that as of Thursday afternoon, Principal Fontenot is still employed by the school.

 

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