Erin Ludwig, a 39-year-old teacher’s aide from Farmerville, Louisiana, is accused of having a relationship with her daughter’s underage boyfriend.
Ludwig is but the latest in a string of female educational professionals to be accused of sexual misconduct with students or underage people in recent years in the United States. One site gave her name as Erin Ludig, but it’s spelled Ludwig. She is charged with allegedly having prohibited sexual conduct with the teen.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Accusations Involve a Teenage Student at a Charter School
The allegations center around a 17-year-old boy who is a student at D’Arbonne Woods Charter School in Farmerville, Louisiana.
“Chartered in December of 2007, D’Arbonne Woods Charter School’s mission and educational focus is centered on improving the quality of public education in Union Parish…. one child at a time,” the school’s website reads.
“DWCS is a Type II charter in rural northeast Louisiana that provides for targeted and research based curriculum delivery that meets the unique needs of its students.”
2. Erin Ludwig Was a Teacher’s Aide at the School
The school’s website previously identified Ludwig as “Mrs. Erin Ludwig: Paraprofessional.” However, the page has since been deleted.
KNOE-TV reported that authorities believe the relationship lasted for seven months.
Ludwig’s Facebook page has also been deleted. Farmerville is a town of just over 3,800 people that is the parish seat of Union Parish, Louisiana.
3. The Boy Was Ludwig’s Daughter’s Boyfriend
What makes this case even more unusual than previous cases of female educational professionals running afoul of the law: The allegation that the boy in question was also dating Ludwig’s daughter.
“The alleged victim is her daughter’s seventeen year old boyfriend,” reported MyArkLaMiss.com. “Yes that’s true,” the local sheriff said when asked by the newspaper whether it was true that the teenage boy was also Ludwig’s daughter’s boyfriend.
Authorities have not provided additional details of that entanglement.
Farmerville resident Joseph Doaty told KTVE-TV, “She should be teaching instead of you know trying to have a boyfriend at the school.” Daniel Holloway, another resident, added, “You get caught up in the world and the way that it is now things like that happen. She needs prayer”, says Daniel Holloway.
Another, Janet Coughran, told the news station, “She had no business being with one of the students. She should have been setting an example for the children.”
4. Authorities Say Text Messages & Photos Were Involved
Sheriff’s officials say that other students observed text messages.
“We interviewed several students who were able to confirm based on statements that the student made and also some text messages that they observed confirming that there was some type of a relationship going on,” Sheriff Dusty Gates with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office told MyArklamiss.com.
The sheriff also told the news site that both Ludwig and the student allegedly “did admit to sending inappropriate text messages and photographs.”
5. Multiple Educational Workers in the United States Have Ended Up in Trouble With the Law for Alleged Sex Offenses
Female teachers or educational professionals ending up in mugshots has become a too common phenomenon over the past few years. Kayla Sprinkles was one of the latest. Haley Reed, a high school choir director, was accused in the rape of a student. Miranda Pauley, a former biology teacher, was accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Cassandra White, an English teacher in Oklahoma, was even accused of taking out a marriage license with a teenage boy. Hunter Day, an Oklahoma teacher, was accused of sending nude photos to a student. Among other recent cases: Loryn Barclay, a former substitute teacher at a Missouri High School, was accused of having sexual contact multiple times with a 17-year-old boy. Shawnetta Reece, a gym teacher from Georgia, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.
Tracy Miller, a West Virginia teacher, was accused of sending nude photos to students. Nataly Lopez, a 27-year-old former substitute teacher at a middle school in New Jersey, was accused of having sexual contact with a student. Lindsey Jarvis, a 27-year-old middle school teacher’s aide, was accused of the rape and sodomy of a student who was under the age of 16. Jarvis was arrested in Fayette County, Kentucky, on June 16. Then there’s Laura Ramos. She is a 31-year-old Connecticut high school teacher who is accused of having sex with a special education student. And there’s Tiffany Geliga.