IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A teacher accused of having sex with students pleaded no contest to all charges Tuesday morning.
Keavin Keith of Plaquemine, was indicted by a grand jury in July 2015 on five counts of felony carnal knowledge and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. He was first arrested in May 2015. Jury selection for his trial began this morning.
Keith will remain free on bond until his sentencing hearing, which will be held at a later date.
Keith faces up to 50 years and 6 months behind bars.
"No contest" means that they neither admit to nor deny the charges against them. The judge will treat that as a guilty plea and move forward with sentencing. This is a plea deal no matter whether they say "guilty" or "no contest," so the defendant is going to likely get a lesser penalty than what they were facing at trial.
A plea of "no contest" is often used in cases where there's a possible civil lawsuit (filed by the "victim" in the case). By pleading "no contest," the defendant has not admitted to any fault, putting that person in good standing for the civil lawsuit.
According to Sheriff Brett Stassi Sr., one of Keith's former students reported the two of them had a sexual relationship while she was still a student at MSA-West Academy, where he was a teacher. Keith was arrested later that night.
Stassi also stated the investigation revealed Keith is accused of having sexual relations with two other students. The alleged victims are 15 and 16 years old.
The sheriff added the results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab showed Keith fathered the child of one of the victims associated with the investigation.