St. Landry

Mar 27, 2013 7:49 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Attorney General not investigating Eunice sexting case

It turns out, the Eunice Police Department's request to have the Louisiana Attorney General investigate the Eunice High School principal was not properly submitted. The request stems from a former Eunice High School teacher's arrest after she allegedly sent sexual text messages and nude pictures of herself to a male student.

Jacqueline Fruge was charged with prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. The attorney general's office came into the mix when the invesigating Eunice Police Dept. detective asked whether he could charge the school's principal with malfeasance in office. The detective said the principal, Mitch Fontenot, knew about the alleged messages but didn't report it to police nor to the St. Landry Parish School Board. The detective sent his request to the attorney general in December, but after a phone call to the attorney general's office on Tuesday, KATC learned Police Chief Ronald Dies must submit the request, not the detective. "The person who requested the opinion does not appear to be authorized to do so," AG spokesperson Amanda Larkins said. The chief is, though, because he's an elected official, she said.

Eunice Police Dept. spokesperson Deputy Chief Varden Guillory said the department was unaware that the chief is the only authorized person to request an attorney general opinion. The chief is out of town and will address the matter when he returns, Guillory said.

Fruge is scheduled for a court appearance next month.

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