Brittney Burns – Staff Writer
A Macon Middle School teacher arrested in 2014 with taking indecent liberties with a child and taking indecent liberties with a student pleaded guilty in Macon County court on Monday, July 18.
Jeffrey Todd Rousselle, 26, pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with a student, a Class I felony. He was sentenced to not less than 6 months or more than 17 months in division of adult corrections. That sentence was suspended for 48 months and Rousselle was placed on sex offender probation. He will have to register as a sex offender and remain on the registry for 30 years. Rousselle was also ordered to undergo a sex offender evaluation and comply with any treatment mandated that may be recommended. Rousselle is also not allowed to have any contact with any of the victims named during the trail.
“The District Attorney’s office appreciated the vigilance of the Macon County School System in bringing this situation to light and the work of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation,” said Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas. “Mr. Rousselle will have to register as a sex offender and will never again be in a position to take advantage of children in our communities.”
Based on 2014 court documents, Rousselle admitted that he kissed a former student on the lips. Search warrants also detailed Rousselle’s online interactions with three girls and intimidation of another girl when she found out about his messages to one of those girls. Court documents showed that Rousselle used Facebook and cell phone to communicate with the students.
Rousselle was a math teacher at Macon Middle School and was suspended before being terminated from the school. Macon County Sheriff’s office detectives were first notified of the inappropriate relationships on May 9, 2014.
When interviewed by police, Rousselle admitted to detectives that he had been having sexual conversations with one female student and in 2012, had met another girl after school hours at South Macon Elementary School and kissed her.
Court documents also showed that nude photos were exchanged between Rousselle and the female student during the duration of their relationship.