BENTON, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating more allegations about a teacher and coach who recently was arrested on charges of rape and video voyeurism.
The additional complaints involve 1-10 more possible victims, both male and female, Sheriff Julian Whittington said.
"It takes time searching computers and phones and everything. We’ll be probably bringing additional charges forth later this week.”
His comments came during a community meeting Tuesday night called to discuss the arrest of Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, 47, of Bossier City.
The gym teacher remains locked up in Bossier Maximum-Security Facility, accused of raping a student on the Benton Elementary campus and secretly recording another.
“We trusted him with our children and that trust was violated,” Bossier schools Superintendent Scott Smith told the crowd of parents, faculty members and students during the packed meeting.
"It sickens and angers me, and we all feel this sense of betrayal right now.”
The superintendent assured parents that the School District had no prior suspicions or complaints about alleged sexual misconduct by the gym teacher and that district officials would have acted if they did.
“These crimes here, the clock doesn’t run out. There is no statute of limitations,” the sheriff explained. "If they’ve been violated, we want to arrest them so they’ll be prosecuted. It’s never too late.”
The school connected parents with Gingerbread House and other counselors for a presentation on how to talk to their children about sexual abuse.
“Listening to children as opposed to talking to children," explained Dr. Grady Bray, of Disaster Management International. "I’ll stress the importance of not interrogating children, but instead learning to use open-ended statements. Yes or no kind of statements.”
Stacy Loe, a parent and children’s minister at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, was among those on hand for Tuesday night’s meeting.
"As a parent, it was such valuable information about how to talk to my child about body safety, how to ask the correct questions,” she said.
"We have so many parents that are part of our church that are sad and they’re angry. And they are looking for answers. And more than anything, they are looking for these kind of resources,” Loe continued.
Call your local law enforcement agency. Also call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' Child Protective Services at (855) 452-5437.
- Center for Children and Families: 800 Spring St., Suite 215, Shreveport, (318) 227-8390
- Clint Davis Counseling: 520 Olive St., Shreveport, (318) 562-6903
- Interactional Counseling: 707 Southfield Road, Shreveport, (318) 869-1632
- Gingerbread House: 1700 Buckner Square, Suite 101, Shreveport, (318) 674-2900
- Samaritan Counseling: 1525 Stephens Ave., Shreveport, (318) 221-6121 or email to email@example.com