Allegations of sexual misconduct have led to the arrest of Tina Schlegel, 28, of Leesville, a substitute teacher at Pickering High School.
After hearing rumors of Schlegel's alleged illicit relationship with a 15-year-old male student, Pickering High Principal Kevin Lambright reported the allegations to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office who began an investigation.
The Vernon Parish School Board has revoked Schlegel's substitute teacher status and has notified all parish schools to refrain from using her as a substitute teacher.
“I received some calls about Schlegel and questioned two students to see if the allegations were just a rumor or if they were plausible,” said Lambright. “After speaking with the students, I felt that the allegations were indeed plausible. I ended the questioning, contacted Tom Neubert, Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor of the Vernon Parish School Board and Marvin Hilton, Chief of Detectives of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
After conducting its own investigation, the VPSO arrested Schlegel and charged her with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
According to the VPSO, the alleged incident occurred at the home of Schlegel. Detectives interviewed several students about the allegations, while still other students were not questioned at the request of their parents.
Vernon Parish Superintendent Dr. Cindy Gillespie said, “I received a call from a parent and notified Kevin (Lambright) about what I learned.”
There are several hundred substitute teachers that work at schools throughout the parish.
When individuals apply for substitute teacher status at the Vernon Parish School Board they are subject to a background check and their fingerprints are sent to the Louisiana State Police for authentication.
According to the VPSO, Schlegel does not have a criminal history. Judge John Ford set Schlegel’s bond at $2,500. After posting her bond, Schlegel was released from custody.
The investigation into this case is ongoing.