A Louisiana high school teacher and track coach is accused of having a “sexual encounter” with a student and intentionally exposing the student to AIDS.
According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Derrick Nesby, 37, was suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old male student at H.L. Bourgeois High School.
Nesby, who is originally from New Orleans, was employed at the school as a track coach, WAFB reports.
Investigators said they received a complaint on Friday, May 9, alleging that Nesby had been sexually involved with a student on the track team. Detectives questioned Nesby, but later released. He denies all of the allegations.
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After further investigation, detectives were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest on May 28 and was taken into custody at the school when he returned to pick up his personal belongings, according to Houma Today.
"We can establish the fact that there was an encounter that happened," said Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Chief of Detectives Malcolm Wolfe. "We continued our investigation where we established more evidence that something did happen, and at that point we got a warrant for his arrest.”
He was booked into the Terrebone Parish jail for one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count of intentional exposure to AIDS.
"Both of these charges are felonies. Both of these charges carry with them the maximum prison sentence of 10 years in prison," news analyst Chick Foret said. "They're both very serious felonies.”
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A judge initially set Nesby’s bond at $500,000. On Friday morning, Nesby reappeared before the judge for the additional charge of intentional exposure to AIDS, bringing Nesby’s bond to a total of $1 million, HTV 10 reports.
Officials say Nesby, who taught at H.L. Bourgeois for a year, was fired prior to his arrest.