A Calvary Baptist Academy teacher has been arrested for inappropriate conduct through online messaging with his student. According to State Police, 25-year-old Kyle Rutledge of Shreveport contacted a 16-year-old female student online. Trooper Matt Harris says the student immediately told her parents about the initial inappropriate message, who notified the school and authorities.
“Basically, we took over her online identity. Our agents conducted all correspondents with Mr. Rutledge and all the inappropriate action took place between our agent and him.”
Harris says Rutledge was charged with Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor, Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and Prohibited Sexual Conduct between Educator and Student. He says a teacher is supposed to be a trusted adult in a student’s life.
“We will continue to keep our kids safe in the school system. A teacher is supposed to be the voice for a student. The student should never be victim to a teacher. It happens, and we hate that it happens.”
Harris says they take crimes like this very seriously. He says if convicted, Rutledge could face up to 70 years in prison and fined up to 75-thousand dollars.
“We conducted correspondence, found sufficient evidence in that correspondence through obtained search warrants for the house and an arrest warrant for Rutledge, at which time he was arrested and taken to Caddo Correctional Center.”