Two Louisiana high school teachers were sent to jail last October 2014 after being charged with felony charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and indecent behavior with a juvenile.


According to Jefferson Parish authorities, the two teachers—Shelley S. Dufresne and Rachel Respess—met with a Destrehan High School student after a September 12th football game, then drove to Respess’ apartment where the three had sex until the early morning hours of the next day. The attorney representing Respess says that she maintains her innocence throughout the proceedings.


Charges for Violent Crimes in Florida

Sexual battery charges in Florida are taken very seriously.   If you are accused of a violent crime, it’s important to contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney like Richard Della Fera and seek representation immediately.  As with other criminal allegations, a person accused of a violent crime is often innocent of the crime charged, or responsible only for a less serious charge. South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera will investigate all aspects of the evidence against you, and all relevant issues of law to build an effective defense that maximizes the likelihood of a positive outcome for you.


The case involving the two Louisiana teachers was brought to the attention of the police by educators that learned the alleged victim had been bragging about his sexual encounters with the teacher.   This could introduce the question of consent in a defense argument.


If you’re facing a situation where you are accused of a crime in Florida, you’ll do well to consult a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney about your next move, before you talk to anyone else.


Source: Jauregui, A. (October 1, 2014).  Louisiana Teachers Shelley Dufresne, Rachel Respess Charged in Student Sex Abuse Case.  Huffington Post.  Retrieved from


The information in this blog is for general information purposes only.  Nothing should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.  The specific nature of each case makes it difficult to separate charges in to clear categories.