Jun 18, 2013 4:44 PM by Tina Macias

'Sexting' Eunice teacher's charges changed

The former Eunice teacher accused of sending partially nude pictures of herself to a student will be charged with a felony in the 27th Judicial District.

During a hearing Monday night, the defense for Jacqueline Fruge and prosecutors agreed to change the misdemeanor "prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student" charge in Eunice City Court to a felony "obscenity" charge in district court, assistant district attorney Jay Caswell says.

The change came after Fruge's attorney, Laura Rougeau, argued that the "prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student" statute does not include text messaging, Rougeau argued.

"So I had to look for an alternative crime, and came up with obscenity, which includes the electronic communication of obscene material," Caswell says.

Rougeau could not be reached for comment, but the Eunice News reports that Rogeau said Fruge would plead guilty to the obscenity charge.



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