Plea allows teacher to avoid prison, sex-offender registry

AP News
Posted: Apr 09, 2015 3:04 PM

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) — One of two former high school teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student has agreed to a plea deal that will allow her to avoid prison time or having to register as a sex offender.

The deal was announced in Hahnville at a Thursday hearing in the case of 32-year-old Shelley Dufresne (doo-FRAIN'). The deal avoids a May 20 trial.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Dufresne pleaded guilty to one felony count of obscenity. She received a $1,000 fine, but a three-year prison sentence was deferred on the condition that she complete 90 days of mental health treatment.

She and another former teacher at the school have been arrested, but not yet formally charged, in a Jefferson Parish case involving the same student.