Anne Simon, a retired New Iberia Judge that is now presiding over a lawsuit filed against the Ouchita Citizen by the judges of the Fourth Judical (Ouachita, Morehouse Parishes) District, earlier this year handled a high-profile case in St. Charles Parish, where two female Destrehan High School teachers allegedly engaged in group sex with a 16 year old male student.
One of the two, Shelly Dufresne, admitted guilt and received a plea deal which was vociferously criticized.
Dufresne is the daughter of a St. Charles Parish Judge, Emile St. Pierre.
From The (New Orleans) Times Picayune – 10/9/2014
The state Supreme Court has appointed a retired judge from New Iberia to the case of Shelley Dufresne, a Destrehan High School teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student. All three judges in St. Charles Parish had recused themselves.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court tapped Anne Lennan Simon of the 16th Judicial District Court for Iberia, St. Mary and St. Martin parishes.
From The (New Orleans) Times Picayune – 4/9/2015
Former Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne pleaded guilty to obscenity Thursday, April 9, admitting in court that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. The plea lets her and the student avoid a public trial, and allows her to bypass registering as a sex offender and serving three years in prison.
No contact “whatsoever” with the victim or his family — The student, now 17, is identified in court records by the initials C.P. “Defendant will not utilize any form of social media to contact or comment on the victim or his family,” Simon said.
Forfeit teaching certificate — Dufresne taught English at Destrehan High for about a decade. She resigned Sept. 30, a school system spokeswoman said. That is the day that St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies booked her with carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Simon said she must “immediately forfeit” her license to teach.
Employment restrictions — Simon told Dufresne she may not take any job in which she “would hold a position of authority over any person under the age of 18.”
Mandatory mental health treatment — Dufresne was ordered to a 90-day stay in a court-approved, in-patient mental health treatment program, in lieu of jail. She must complete the program by Aug. 31, or on Sept. 1 she will be sent to the parish jail, Simon said. Dufresne will not be allowed to leave the mental health facility without written approval of the court, Simon said.
Among the criticism of the deal was this editorial in The (New Orleans) Times Picayune, 4/13/15:
Smiling former Destrehan teacher ought to be on state’s sex-offender list: Jarvis DeBerry
You probably thought Shelley Dufresne, a former teacher at Destrehan High, got off easy when a judge gave her probation for having sex with one of her students. Apparently, Dufresne thinks the same. Hours after the 32-year-old mother of three pleaded guilty Thursday to sex with the 16-year-old she posted a smiling selfie of herself on Instagram.
Her caption: “My mood today.”
People who were already dyspeptic over Dufresne’s light sentence must have been sickened even more by her revelation of her mood. Dufresne just couldn’t be satisfied with mercy. She had to flaunt the fact that she won’t be going to prison and provoke those who believe that’s where she ought to be.
See here the complete Times Picayune archive on the case.
And now this same judge is adjudicating a case where judges in Ouachita Parish have sued the Ouachita Citizen newspaper, owned by Sammy Hannah, Jr. The Citizen had filed public records requests with the court, and the judges disputed the requests, claiming they involved “personnel matters.”
Good luck on getting a fair shake, Sammy. You’ll need it.