Constance Robertson, a 25-year-old Port Barre High School substitute teacher in Louisiana, was arrested on Monday, October 15, due to allegations that she had a sexual relationship with an unidentified teenage student.
Robertson, from Washington, Louisiana, has been charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile after she allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Roberston claims she believed the student was 18-years-old at the time of the assault.
According to the Port Barre Police Department, the alleged incident happened in a Port Barre High classroom on the day of a pep rally at the school. Port Barre police say the 10th-grade student allegedly had a video of the incident on his cell phone and showed it to his peers. After school administrators received information about the incident on Thursday, October 11, they alerted authorities, who executed a search warrant that same day and reviewed the contents on the student’s phone.
Following her arrest, Roberston was booked into the Port Barre jail.
Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux said that there were no previously reported incidents involving Robertson and that she has since been removed from working as a substitute teacher in St. Landry Parish Schools.
The St. Landry Parish School System released the following statement about Robertson’s arrest:
“It has been brought to our attention that a substitute teacher is being investigated by the Port Barre Police Department and St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a student at Port Barre High School.
The substitute teacher in question has been substituting in the St. Landry Parish School System since May of 2017. There are no previously reported incidents involving this employee. She has been removed from working as a substitute teacher in St. Landry Parish Schools.
We are currently working with law enforcement as it pertains to this incident and are unable to comment further as this is a personnel matter and is under investigation.”
Robertson is just the latest teacher to be charged for inappropriate conduct. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. Similarly, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.