Former Sam Houston teacher sentenced to 48 hours in jail, probation for sexual contact with student

Former Sam Houston teacher sentenced to 48 hours in jail, probation for sexual contact with student

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A former Sam Houston High School teacher pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with charges that he had a sexual relationship with a student.

After Lance Duhon pleaded guilty to felony obscenity, he was sentenced to three years in prison - all of which was suspended - as well as five years supervised probation. Judge Ron Ware also ordered Duhon to spend 48 hours in jail, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and to pay restitution of $350 per month to the victim while he is on probation.

If he successfully completes the first three years of supervised probation, he will serve the following two unsupervised.

Duhon will not have to register as a sex offender.

The hearing was closed because the victim was under 18 at the time of incidents.

Duhon has already been found liable for $300,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed by the woman and her family. Click HERE for more.

The woman spoke in court Thursday, telling Duhon that he had taken her family and all her happiness, her sister and her life. She said she did not know how he could sit there as if nothing had happened.

Duhon was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student in 2008 while he was a substitute teacher and assistant coach at Barbe High. He left Barbe but was hired at Sam Houston four years later, despite objections from the principal at Barbe. Months after he was hired at Sam Houston, he was arrested on the indecent behavior charge.

According to the docket, Duhon was originally arrested on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile, prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  The first two charges have been dismissed and the third was never formally lodged.

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