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Louisiana teacher accused of raping 10-year-old student

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana teacher is accused of raping a 10-year-old boy.

The American Press reports Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher Deidra R. Smith was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Academy President Gene Thibodeaux says the boy reported the off-campus abuse to a teacher and authorities were notified. The connection between the boy and teacher is unclear, as is why they were together away from the school.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says an investigation determined the 34-year-old woman had been abusing the boy since 2018.

Smith has since posted bail and been released from custody. The school has placed her on unpaid administrative leave. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer. The investigation is ongoing.

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