LORANGER, La. (TCD) – Deputies announced the arrest of a 33-year-old middle school teacher this week who stands accused of raping a 17-year-old student.
According to a news release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 24, their office learned a Tangipahoa Parish School System teacher, Morgan Freche, allegedly gave birth to the teenage student’s child. She has since resigned.
The Sheriff’s Office declined to give additional information about the student and the investigation.
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,” adding, “This type of investigation is time-consuming and is being handled with great care. Under no circumstances will we be rushed for closure.”
The Sheriff’s Office issued several warrants for her arrest and alleged the sexual misconduct dates back approximately two years. Freche turned herself in on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and faces one count of third-degree rape, four counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and one count of oral sexual battery.
WDSU-TV reports that the victim’s family believes Loranger High School and the Tangipahoa School System knew of the misconduct before it was reported.
In a statement obtained by WDSU, Tangipahoa Parish School System Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the school is cooperating with law enforcement, saying, “We have just learned of the arrest of former Tangipahoa Parish teacher Morgan Freche. 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.”
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