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Lafayette Parish School System Employee Charged With Raping 16 Year Old Foreign Exchange Student

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Kimberly Wellman-Rich,36 is accused of raping a 16 year old foreign exchange student.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 3:47 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2021 4:43 PM

According to NOLA.com Kimberly Wellman-Rich, 36 is  accused of raping a 16 year old foreign exchange student. The rape allegedly occured at a French Quarter hotel in New Orleans according to reports. Kimberly Wellman-Rich worked as a special education paraprofessional at Edgar Martin Middle School in Lafayette, LA. According to the court documents, the couple began hosting the 16-year-old boy in their home in August. They would often smoke marijuana with the student, court records say. Then, on the boy's 16th birthday, Wellman-Rich had sex with the student. Wellman-Rich went on to have sex with the teen multiple times over the next several months, police added, citing an account that the teen provided during a forensic interview. At times, police said, her husband was home but in another room. Jeffrey Rich, 35, was also arrested for allegedly knowing about the child sex abuse and failing to report it to law enforcement authorities. Authorities jailed the couple in Lafayette parish for related crimes. The entire article can be read on NOLA.com

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