On Friday, January 22, 2021, the Youngsville Police Department received a complaint from the DCFS intake office. The person who called in the complaint remained anonymous. The complainant alleged that Kimberly Wellman-Rich is a host parent to a male, juvenile Foreign Exchange student and that they believed Mrs. Wellman-Rich was having a sexual relationship with the student. Adding perplexity to the complaint is the fact that Mrs. Wellman-Rich is an employee of the Lafayette Parish School System.
The Youngsville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the complaint on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Several interviews were conducted with independent witnesses and evidence was collected during the investigation to substantiate the anonymous complaint that was made. The investigation revealed that Mrs. Wellman-Rich began having sexual intercourse with the male juvenile when he was 15 years old up until the time, he was removed from the Rich residence.
During the investigation, investigators received information from independent witnesses that Jeffery Rich, the spouse of Kimberly-Wellman-Rich, had first-hand knowledge of the sexual relationship his wife was having a sexual relationship with the juvenile male.
In addition to the alleged sexual assault, the investigation revealed that both Kimberly Wellman-Rich and Jeffery Rich supplied the juvenile with Marijuana and allowed the juvenile to smoke Marijuana and consume alcohol at their residence.
As a result of the investigation, Arrest Warrants were applied for both Kimberly Dawn Wellman-Rich and Jeffery Paul Rich by investigators. Upon review of the warrant by the 15th Judicial District Magistrate, the warrants were approved and signed authorizing the arrest of Mrs. Wellman-Rich and Mr. Rich.
Mrs. Wellman-Rich was arrested on the charges of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile, Encouraging or Contributing to Child Delinquency and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Mrs. Wellman-Rich has a bond of $72,500.00. Mr. Rich was arrested on the charges of Accessory After the Fact to Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Mr. Rich has a bond of $10,000.00.
Administrators with the Lafayette Parish School System and the company responsible for placing Foreign Exchange students with families within the United States working in conjunction did remove the juvenile male from the Rich residence on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.