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Police: Teacher accused of indecent behavior with student

April 30, 2020 GMT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) —

A male middle school teacher in Louisiana was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to at least one female student, police said.

Toranzo Arvie, 57, was arrested Tuesday and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, Opelousas police said in a news release. More charges are pending, the release stated.

A parent of a female student noticed the text messages and contacted police, according to the release. Arvie is a teacher at Opelousas Junior High School, news outlets reported.

St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins told KATC-TV he was unsure of whether Arvie was the girl’s teacher. The alleged contact with the student was unrelated to school work, Jenkins said.

Arvie was booked in the St. Landry Parish Jail. It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.