NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Another local high school teacher is accused of having sex with a student. This time it’s a teacher at a New Orleans charter school.
“Where ever it happened, it shouldn’t have happened,” neighbor Catherine Tate said.
The allegation of a sexual encounter between a Clark High School teacher and student has neighbors disappointed and angry.
“Yeah that’s shocking to me. It’s shocking. It should be shocking to everyone.”
“Oh definitely, it makes it worse because your teacher is someone you respect, you look up to. When you’re not at home with your parents that’s your parents,” neighbor James Alexander added.
New Orleans Police say 32-year old Dominic Lewis first exchanged sexually explicit texts with the 16-year old girl; on a cell phone he allegedly bought for her.
“That’s taking advantage of someone naïve,” Alexander said. “Get some help, because you need help. If you’re 32 and you’re looking at someone that’s 16 to even 18; what’s wrong with you?”
The girl’s parents became suspicious, then discovered the phone and texts messages detectives say that appeared to be about a sexual encounter.
They called police. Upon further investigation detectives got more details.
They say Lewis and the student had sex on two occasions. Once in City Park near the stadium after a Clark football game, and a second time near the St. Claude Bridge.
“Well if he did it, he should be prosecuted,” Tate said.
FirstLine Charter Schools spokeswoman Dominique Harris issued a statement saying, “We take matters such as these very seriously and have taken the appropriate steps necessary to address this situation.”
Lewis was terminated prior to his arrest on Thursday.
“Well they did right, they did right,” Tate said.
Lewis has been charged with statutory rape and indecent behavior with a minor.
Both are felony offenses.