A former principal of the Lockport Middle School has been jailed for having sexual intercourse with a teenage boy, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced.
According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s office, Ashleigh Landry, 44, of Raceland, was arrested on Wednesday, March 24, on a charge of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, Webre said.
Lousiana law describes ‘felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile as ‘sexual intercourse with consent between someone who is 17 or older and another person between the ages of 13 and 16 when the difference in their ages is four years or greater.
The investigation started when the police department was told about the inappropriate sexual text messages exchanged between Landry and the boy. Police say Landry confessed to having sex with the teenager while being questioned. According to the Police Department’s Facebook post: “Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Raceland woman has been arrested for having sexual relations with a teenage boy.
Ashleigh Landry, 44, was booked on charges on Wednesday. Landry had been employed as the principal at Lockport Middle School, but her employment with the Lafourche Parish School District recently ended. Earlier this month, juvenile detectives opened an investigation into Landry. Initially, detectives learned Landry had exchanged inappropriate messages with a teenage boy that were sexual in nature. After obtaining evidence, detectives contacted Landry who agreed to meet.
During questioning, she admitted to exchanging inappropriate messages and having sexual intercourse with the teenager. Following questioning, detectives obtained a warrant for her arrest. Landry was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux on Wednesday, March 24. She was charged with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. She was subsequently released after posting bail in the amount of $25,000.”
Lafourche Parish School District released a statement on Thursday, March 25 that stated they were aware of the sexual charges against her and confirmed she was no longer employed there. “We will certainly work closely with the Sheriff’s department in order to ensure that a complete and thorough investigation into the matter is conducted,” the district said.
Louisiana’s department of children and family services has now come up with a ‘Child Protection Investigation service. The website states: “Child protection investigation is the investigation of child abuse and neglect, as well as the provision of short-term, concrete services to children and families. These services are legally mandated, specialized investigations and social services for children who are alleged to be neglected, abused, exploited or without proper custody or guardianship.”