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Oct 16, 2009 10:47 AM by Evan Anderson

Head Basketball Coach Arrested

Jeanerette Senior High School basketball coach is arrested and charged with having sex with a 17-year old female student.

"He was a very good coach. The kids related to him very well." said Assist. Iberia Parish School Superintendent Michael Judice

It was all news to the Iberia Parish school board office this morning.

"Very sad and disappointed." said Iberia Parish School Superintendent Dale Henderson

School Assist. Superintendent Michael Judice says he was told this morning by the principal at Jeanerette Senior High that 29-year old Dwayne Bernard from New Iberia was arrested and charged with 17 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and 3 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.

"Very personable young man, I am very very shocked." said Judice

Judice says the 29-year coach, going into his fourth year at Jeanerette High called the school Thrusday morning, to say he wasn't coming in.

"Now we're on a fact finding mission." said Henderson

A mission, Iberia parish school superintendent Dale Henderson says to finding out exactly how this alleged teacher, student relationship, got this far.

New Iberia Detectives say the relationship between Bernard and the student started last August when she was 16. Most of the activity taking place at the coaches home.

Bernard

has been suspended with pay as this investigation continues. The coach has been released on a 50-thousand dollar bond.

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