• DeSoto County teacher's assistant arrested, charged for fondling a student

    By: Tom Dees


    DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. - A teacher’s assistant at Walls Mississippi Elementary School was arrested for fondling a child. 

    Frances Karl Respess, 60, is behind bars at the DeSoto County Jail.

    FOX13 found out the parents in Walls, Mississippi were outraged. Parents told us off camera that they think the school system needs to run more checks.

    A Walls local said, "That's the worst thing that anybody can do it's like a defenseless child."

    The Sheriff wouldn't go into much detail, but he alleged the incident involved a student.

    "I never dreamed anything like that would happen here I never dreamed it," Lauer said.

    DeSoto County Schools has issued the following statement

    The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department informed school officials this afternoon that a teacher assistant at Walls Elementary School has been arrested for inappropriate contact and communication with minors. The assistant teacher is no longer an employee of DeSoto County Schools. School and district officials are working with local law enforcement during this ongoing investigation.  Walls Elementary School parents were notified of the arrest via email by school officials.

    The school system said parents were made aware of the arrest by e-mail. 

    Lauer further stated, "Somebody that is in that position supposed to look out for them is touching them." 

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