Dutchtown High School Teacher Indicted by Ascension Parish Grand Jury
Dutchtown High School teacher Mark Ebrab has been arrested for allegedly exchanging inappropriate messages and photographs with several students from the school.
The 32-year-old was indicted the day before his arrest on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. However, prosecutors say this charge is a blanket count representing several allegations involving multiple Dutchtown High School students.
According to the indictment, these allegations date back to August of 2014. No specific details regarding the content of the messages and images is available at this time, but they were reportedly shared through social media.
Ebarb is an English teacher at Dutchtown and was previously involved with summer writing camps for incoming freshmen at the school. He also used to work for the St. John Primary/St. Theresa Middle Summer Camp in Gonzales. Additionally, he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister for Christ the King Parish in Baton Rouge.
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