Jeremy Conner is more than a married high school band teacher. He’s also a convicted creeper.
The 30-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana, teacher was arrested after a 16-year-old girl’s mother found him hiding in the teen’s bedroom closet on April 8.
He fled before police arrived to the scene, but was arrested Wednesday and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Connor taught at Westgate High School in Iberia Parish, but the teenage girl attended another local school. Westgate knew nothing about his arrest because Connor called Wednesday morning to say he’d be late, but failed to show up.
The school found out about Connor’s arrest from a news bulletin sent out by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Officer on Thursday afternoon. He has been considered absent without leave.
The disgraced educator confessed to police that he’d been sending inappropriate text messages to the girl for several months.
He was released on $50,000 bail Thursday with the possibility of more charges being filed against him.
This isn’t the first time Connor has had a run-in with the law due to inappropriate behavior with a student. In 2014, he was accused of throwing a chair at a boy at North Banks Middle School where he previously worked for three years after the kid used Connor’s phone to take photos instead of play a game as indicated. He cut the child’s arm when throwing the chair at him, but charges were never filed after he completed a pre-trial intervention process.
Iberia Parish’s Superintendent Dale Henderson said an internal investigation has begun and a meeting with parents is expected to take place next week to discuss Connor’s replacement as band director for Westgate’s upcoming band competition.
(Photo: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)