WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A former Livingston Parish teacher accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student was arrested Thursday, according to authorities.
Walker Police arrested Lynsie Pendarvis on charges of charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
The 33-year-old teacher worked at Walker Freshman High School. Police said Pendarvis allegedly had a sexual contact with a student at the school during the 2016 spring semester.
"Acting on information we received from a reliable source a week ago, we initiated a preliminary investigation into the nature of a relationship between Ms. Pendarvis and a 15 year old male student," said Captain John Sharp with Walker Police.
During the investigation, police discovered evidence that Pendarvis had an alleged inappropriate relationship with one of her students.
"During that interview process, the minor admitted engaging in a sexual relationship with Ms. Pendarvis. The minor's parents acknowledged that their son informed them of the sexual relationship shortly before their interview with our investigators," Sharp said.
A warrant was issued for Pendarvis' arrest on Wednesday, June 16. She was taken into custody by authorities in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where police learned she had been staying.
"We are pleased that, with the full cooperation of the Livingston Parish School System, our Officers were able to conduct their investigation and arrest Ms. Pendarvis so quickly," Sharp stated in a release Thursday. "Clearly, the allegations against Ms. Pendarvis are extremely disturbing and we are continuing to investigate this matter. Additional charges are possible. We also want to extend our appreciation to the Hattiesburg law enforcement authorities for their assistance and cooperation."
Since the news broke of the arrest, many people took to social media to express their thoughts about the teacher and the situation.
"It's a difficult situation for everyone," says Sharp. "I know there are parents who are concerned. The only thing I can say is that we have a great school system out here. The administrators go above and beyond the call of duty and trying to properly vet the employees that are brought on."
Captain Sharp says that as far as investigators know, this is an isolated incident.
"Our check of this Pendarvis indicated there was no prior indication that she was a predator. We saw nothing that indicated that the school board shouldn't have hired her."
Officials at the Livingston Parish School System say that Pendarvis, who was a teacher at the school for two years, has resigned.
Pendarvis was transferred from Hattiesburg to Walker before being booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center. She was released Friday on a $100,000 bond.