Duane Champagne, a former physical education teacher at Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School, has two days to register as a sex offender with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office following his guilty plea Thursday to two counts of video voyeurism in state district court in Baton Rouge, according to The Advocate. The 44-year-old Breaux Bridge resident will be sentenced Sept. 15 and faces up to two years in prison and $2,000 fine. In the meantime, Champagne will be examined by a Baton Rouge physician to determine if he should be placed in a sex offender treatment program.
Champagne was arrested for snapping close-up photos of pre-pubescent girls in bathing suits two years ago at Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge. Police said the follow-up investigation revealed more than 1,000 similar images on Champagne’s home computer. Champagne admitted to digitally manipulating some of the photos for the purpose of sexual arousal. He was fired by the Lafayette Diocese within a week of his arrest and, according to The Advocate, is currently unemployed. Champagne also worked as a gym teacher in the Baton Rouge public school system.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.