11/26/2014 08:53 am ET

Shelley Dufresne, Teacher In Group Sex Case, Pleads Not Guilty


HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) — A 32-year-old teacher accused of participating in group sex with a 16-year-old student and another faculty member has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of having carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Times-Picayune reports ( that Shelley Dufresne's attorney entered the plea at an arraignment in Louisiana Tuesday.

Dufresne remains free on $200,000 bond and under house arrest until her trial.

Neither Dufresne nor her attorney, Deanne Williams, had any comment as they left the courthouse in Hahnville.

This charge involves Dufresne having sex with the teen on another occasion at her home.

She and 24-year-old Rachel Respess are also booked in the sexual encounter with the 16-year-old at Respess' apartment the night of Sept. 12 but have not been charged by prosecutors.

Both are teachers at Destrehan High School, about 23 miles west of New Orleans.


Previous versions of this story incorrectly said Dufresne and Respess were charged. They were booked.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,



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