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Opelousas Junior High teacher arrested

Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 19:22:40-05

An Opelousas teacher is out on a $5,000 bond.

26-year-old Hally Batiste of Carenco is facing one count of Indecent behavior with a Juvenile, according to Opelousas Police.

Hally Batiste
Hally Batiste

St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins told KATC, " We're aware that Hally Batiste was arrested last night."

Batiste is a teacher at Opelousas Junior High and Jenkins said she is placed on administrative leave with pay pending the results of the investigation.

Opelousas Police say that on December 12, 2019 they investigated an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between Batiste and a 14-year-old student. The students parent made the complaint after it was discovered that inappropriate communications may have been occurring between their child and the teacher.

After the investigation Batiste was booked on the charge of Indecent behavior with a Juvenile.

"This mother was very concerned for her son and she's concerned for other children," McLendon said. "She wanted to put this to a stop so it won't ever happen again."

"This is still an ongoing investigation. Not all of the facts are out at this time," Jenkins said. "We're working with the Opelousas Police Department and the Carencro Police Department to investigate this matter."

Opelousas Police say that the investigation into the relationship led investigators to contact officials with the Carencro Police Department who will also be looking into the allegation.

"There may have been some text messaging and she may have picked him up and transported him to another location where something may have taken place," McLendon said.

Superintendent Jenkins added there's no evidence of any other staff member being involved at this time.