A former Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher arrested in April for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 10-year-old student has been charged with an additional 17 counts of sexual offenses.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur, has been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with nine counts of first-degree rape; five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; two counts of sexual battery; and one count of oral sexual battery.

Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $1.3 million.

Gene Thibodeaux, Lake Charles Charter Academy president, said the school's leadership team is continuing to cooperate with law enforcement throughout this process. He added, "We certainly will not allow these incidents to endanger our school's excellent culture that we have worked so hard to develop."

Myers said CPSO initially received a complaint on April 30 about Smith possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10-year-old students.

During the initial investigation, detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018. It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim, Myers said.

In April, Smith was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

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