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Ascension Parish teacher indicted on indecent behavior with juvenile charge

Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 13:51:45-05

The Ascension Parish Grand Jury has indicted a Baton Rouge teacher on a charge of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

On December 3, 2019, 32-year-old Mark Ebarb of Baton Rouge, a teacher at Dutchtown High School, was indicted on the charge of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

On October 18, 2019, detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to Dutchtown High School after receiving a complaint of inappropriate behavior between a teacher and students. During an investigation, detectives say they learned that Ebarb was engaged in sharing inappropriate messages and photographs with multiple students.

All evidence and statements were turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and presented to the grand jury.

Ebarb turned himself into authorities on Wednesday and was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

The Ascension Parish School Superintendent David Alexander released the following statement on Ebarb's arrest:

“Whenever there is suspected inappropriate interactions between an employee and a student, we report it to law enforcement, as required, and conduct an internal investigation. We are committed to the safety of our students and expect all staff to adhere to the highest ethical practices and conduct.”