LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A LaGrange High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

"It's an awful thought," said Malcolm Brown.

Brown has family that attends LaGrange High School and it's something he never imagined would happen.

"It's kind of strange because my brother goes to school there, and I would never think that would happen out here in Lake Charles," he said.

James Gaharan Jr., 54, of Lake Charles, was indicted in Calcasieu court Thursday on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice.

Authorities began investigating on May 15, according to a news release from Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office.

McGee said detectives learned that Gaharan and the student engaged in sexual activity at his residence and at another location in Calcasieu Parish. Gaharan also had explicit conversations with the student on an adult website.

Gaharan was arrested today after being indicted. Judge Thomas Quirk set his bond at $130,000.

For Brown, he's still shocked by the news.

"I hope it could be false," he said. "I hope he didn't do it. I wish the best for him, but if he did, he deserves where he is now."

Calcasieu Parish School Board Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus released the following statement:

"On May 15, 2018, the Calcasieu Parish School Board became aware of a possible situation at LaGrange High School involving a relationship between a teacher and a current student.  The incident was reported to proper authorities as directed by School Board policies. The teacher in question was immediately placed on administrative leave by the district. After a thorough investigation was conducted by our staff, employment policies have been followed in the handling of this matter.

Detective James Jones is the lead investigator.

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