Social studies teacher Matthew Nesser, age 34, of Metairie, no longer works at Edward Hynes Charter School, after allegedly kissing an eight-grade student on several occasions.
Nesser was also accused of buying the girl presents and giving her back rubs and has been booked on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
The 14-year-old girl’s mother alerted police that Nesser had been making out with her daughter on campus, leading to a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
According to police, she said Nesser bought her jewelry, cards and chocolate, as well as other gifts.
The girl said Nesser told her he loved her, and because she believed he was on the verge of crying, she told him she loved him, too. The 14-yearl-old also tried to tell Nesser they shouldn’t see each other.
She has stated he also gave her back rubs, including once under her clothes, according to court documents, also noting he said they could be together unless she “betrayed his trust and told” her parents what was going on.
Police obtained a warrant to arrest Nesser on April 24th and his bail was set at $12,500.
School officials at Edward Hynes said they fired Nesser, who was named as the school’s middle school teacher of the year in 2010, after he was reported to police.
In Louisiana, the crime of indecent behavior with a juvenile can carry up to seven years in prison but has no mandatory minimum punishment. First-time offenders can get their convictions expunged from their records once they serve their sentences.
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