Louisiana Teacher Arrested For ‘Sexting’ 15-Year-Old Student

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | January 5, 2024
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Tatum Hatch, a 32-year-old ex-teacher at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, was arrested this week after being suspected of sexting a 15-year-old student in her school. 

According to Daily Mail, the investigation began when the local sheriff's office was tipped off on December 15 about an “inappropriate student-teacher relationship.” Hatch allegedly told the young boy that she “wanted to take his virginity, then molested him while in her car with her baby sleeping,” the Daily Mail reported. Hatch then reportedly picked the boy up at his house and touched his genitals in her car. 

West Monroe High School’s mission statement is, “We resolve to be wholeheartedly devoted to the overall education of our youth, while intentionally using our influence to add value to each student whose life we touch.” I guess Hatch just thought she had to actually touch the student to “add value.” 

Authorities contacted the 15-year-old student’s father, who said his son claims his relationship with Hatch had been going on for a year and a half. 

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Deputies searched the child’s phone and found Instagram messages between him and Hatch in which she said she wanted “them to have sex, telling him to come through her bedroom window,” Daily Mail wrote. Hatch also allegedly sent naked pictures to the child via the “vanish mode” on the app, which allows an image to be sent and then automatically deleted.

I mean after all, Hatch does run a photography account so she enjoys taking pics in her free time. Just a different kind of picture this time, I guess.

Hatch also reportedly gave the young boy “between $500 and $600 after she became afraid of a rumor she heard about the boy.”

Hatch resigned on December 26, the school board confirmed, and her photo is not listed on the school's faculty directory

Hatch has been charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office. She was released just after midnight on January 4 after posting a $10,000 bond and receiving a court date set for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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