New details have been released in the case involving a female high school teacher and a student football player in Destrehan, Louisiana.
In 2015, 34-year-old Shelley Dufresne pleaded guilty to having sex with a student who was 16 at the time. According to reports released from her trial on Tuesday, the two had sex 40 times in her Honda Pilot and home. During one of the encounters, another teacher, 26-year-old Rachel Respess, joined the two in a threesome.
The teen, now 19, took the stand on Wednesday. He allegedly recorded one of the encounters with Dufresne and showed it to his classmates which led to the initial investigation. The video has not been seen by authorities.
Dufresne’s defense attorney Kim McElwee said the teen “blackmailed” her client using nude photos.
Dufresne said the teen sent her the photos and said, “At any moment, I can expose this, and you can go to jail, and you’ll lose your life as you know it.”
According to court records, the teacher had been messaging the boy using a fake Facebook account under the name Madison Mexicano.
“I trusted you … and you showed everyone everything,” she said to him after the video had been shown to classmates.
Following the incident, Dufresne was ordered to register as a sex offender in St. Charles Parish to avoid jail time. She also had to take a 90-day inpatient mental health treatment program, surrender her teacher’s license, and stay away from the victim and his family.
According to the Daily Mail, Respess’s case takes place next month. She faces up to a year in jail and a $500 fine for failure to report the felonies.
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