THE INVESTIGATORS: Teacher previously charged with raping student on leave amid new complaints at different school

THE INVESTIGATORS: Teacher accused of raping 17-year-old school facing new accusations at different school

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - New allegations have surfaced against a teacher at Collegiate Baton Rouge, who some parents say has been making sexual advances towards underage students.

At least one parent tells WAFB’s Scottie Hunter that Robert Lewis has been “undressing her daughter with his eyes and making suggestive noises and comments” at the young girl. The mother has gone to the school to complain about Lewis.

Parents are disgusted and outraged over what they say is going on inside Collegiate Baton Rouge School. They say Lewis is doing things that are beyond inappropriate.

“I’m infuriated,” said one parent.

The mother, who did not want to be identified, says Lewis teaches band and music at the school, but she’s now concerned he has more than music on his mind when it comes to her 14-year-old daughter.

“To have a child walk past an adult and to look back and this adult is licking their chops like they saw something that was just really good to eat, that’s unnerving,” the parent added.

Just weeks into the new school year, the young girl tells WAFB she felt violated when she claims she caught Lewis staring at her several times and at one point even cursed as she walked by.

“I was walking and I walked past him and he cussed,” the student said. “He was like, ‘damn’ and so I looked back and then he was smiling.”

The last straw, she says, is when he went out of his way to hug her, something she believes crossed the line.

WAFB’s Scottie Hunter asked the girl if the teacher touched her at any point.

“I mean, he would try to, like in the mornings,” she answered. “He would say ‘good Morning’ and try to give me a hug, but I would decline it because I didn’t feel comfortable being around him.”

The 9News Investigators were able to obtain a letter the school’s principal sent out via email to parents recently, explaining the allegations and informing them a teacher has been placed on leave pending an investigation into the matter.

This email from Collegiate Baton Rouge was sent to parents about allegations against a teacher, Robert Lewis, who is accused of making sexual advances towards students.
This email from Collegiate Baton Rouge was sent to parents about allegations against a teacher, Robert Lewis, who is accused of making sexual advances towards students. (Source: Collegiate Baton Rouge)

“This is not a person that needs to be on the streets,” the student said.

The girl’s mother immediately went to the school and demanded her child be moved out of Lewis’ class. WAFB has learned this is not the first time Lewis has been in trouble for something similar. Back in 2015, he was arrested and charged with rape after he allegedly had sex at least twice with a 17-year-old. All of this allegedly happened while he was a band director at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

At the time, authorities with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said Lewis allegedly went to the victim’s home when her parents were out of town on Nov. 29, 2014. They added he allegedly initiated sex and continued after the girl told him to stop.

Investigators reported Lewis allegedly went to the girl’s home when her parents were away again on Dec. 5, 2014. They added the girl told them the two had consensual sex on that occasion.

“He is a predator,” the mother said. “He preys on young girls. Period.”

She and other parents want to know how he was able to get hired again just four years after that arrest and why administrators at Collegiate Baton Rouge didn’t catch it.

“There is no way fathomable that they did a background check on this person when I can clearly google his name and get all of the information. Like, you did nothing,” the mother said.

In a statement to WAFB, the school’s principal says their number one priority is the safety and well-being of students, adding the teacher will remain off campus until the investigation is wrapped up. For some parents, it’s too little too late.

“That’s a lie because if the safety of our children was the first priority, this man would not be here right now,” the mother said.

Collegiate Baton Rouge on Lobdell Boulevard
Collegiate Baton Rouge on Lobdell Boulevard (Source: WAFB)

The school’s principal, Kelsey Lambrecht, released the following statement to WAFB Wednesday afternoon:

“Collegiate Baton Rouge’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We were made aware of allegations made against a current teacher in 2015 when he was employed at another school. He was immediately placed on leave and we launched an investigation. We are thankful to our parents for coming to us with concerns about the teacher and these allegations. Collegiate Academies conducts background checks for all hires. We are working now to strengthen our vetting process for all candidates, even those with a clean background check. The teacher will remain off campus while we conduct the investigation. Our students - their safety and well being- are our number one priority.”

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