(from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office) – Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported that a Destrehan High School assistant football coach and his girlfriend have been charged after admitting they obtained access to a website without authorization and obtained information sensitive to the South Lafourche High School football program. Ryan Fournier (W/M, D.O.B. 12/12/83) and Emily Guidry (W/F, D.O.B. 05/14/84), both of 153 James Street in Larose, were charged on Wednesday, October 30 following an interview with detectives.
Detectives began investigating after officials with the Lafourche Parish Public School Board informed the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office of the allegations that members of the Destrehan coaching staff accessed video of South Lafourche football practice through a website called, www.hudl.com without authorization. The website is used by some teams, including South Lafourche, to store information online such as team playbooks, practice film and schemes.
Through investigation, detectives learned Fournier and Guidry had obtained login credentials to access the information on the website from a South Lafourche student, who is also a former football player. Detectives brought Fournier and Guidry in for questioning on the matter on Wednesday, and during questioning, they both admitted to their roles in the incident. Fournier also admitted to utilizing the information he had obtained during Destrehan’s 49-24 win over South Lafourche High School on Friday, October 25.
Fournier and Guidry were both charged with Offenses against Intellectual Property (R.S. 14:73.2), and each was issued a criminal summons. Penalties for the first offense of this crime include a fine of not more than $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Detectives say the investigation into this matter is continuing.