A teacher accused of giving birth to a 17-year-old student’s baby has now been charged with rape.
Morgan Freche, 33, handed herself into detectives following a sexual misconduct investigation that coincided with her role as a teacher in Tangipahoa, Louisiana.
She faces single counts of third-degree rape and oral sexual battery, alongside four counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The allegations are said to date back two years, though were reported last month.
In a statement on Tuesday, Tangipahoa Schools Superintendent Melissa Stilley said: “Although personnel and student matters are confidential and the specifics of such matters may not be discussed, student safety and the proper conduct of school district employees are a priority.
“Neither the Board nor this office will tolerate employee behavior which crosses the line in areas such as the proper professional relationships between educators and their students.
“We are fortunate that the children of Tangipahoa Parish are instructed by professionals, and allegations of this nature are unfortunate. We are cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of this matter at this time.”
Local Sheriff Daniel Edwards said: “While we cannot share specific details regarding the investigation, we can confirm that the allegations were dealt with promptly, and the investigation process has been rigorous and thorough.
“This type of investigation is time-consuming and is being handled with great care.
“Under no circumstances will we be rushed for closure.”
The office added that following the start of the investigation, Freche resigned from her post.
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