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Apr 1, 2013 2:37 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Eunice Police won't seek AG opinion in teacher sexting case

The Eunice Police Dept. will not seek the Louisiana Attorney General's opinion about whether the Eunice High School principal committed malfeasance in office. Initially, a Eunice police investigator asked the attorney general's office for the opinion, but the attorney general's office said the request wasn't properly submitted. According to a letter sent by the attorney general's office to Eunice police, only an elected official--in this case, the police chief--is allowed to ask for such an opinion.

Monday morning, Police Chief Ronald Dies told KATC investigators now "don't have a leg to stand on" because their witness is no longer cooperating. The witness, former teacher Jacqueline Fruge, is accused of sending sexual text messages and nude pictures of herself to a male student. Eunice police initially wanted the attorney general to determine if they could charge Principal Mitch Fontenot with malfeasance, saying he knew about the alleged messages between Fruge and the student but didn't report them.

Now, Dies says Fruge is now refusing to cooperate and testify. Without her cooperation, police don't have a case.


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