BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Deputies arrested a man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Deputies responded to the 15700 block of Jefferson Highway on Monday, Sept. 11. The teen’s guardian accused Damien Clark, 24, of having an “intimate relationship” with the teen.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said Clark “is in a position of supervision” over the teenager. EBR Schools confirmed that Clark was a contracted assistant football coach and substitute teacher at Woodlawn High School.
Clark is accused of sending lewd messages, starting Aug. 31, including messages indicating that they had sex at least once and that the victim performed oral sex on him, according to arrest documents. Investigators said he asked the victim to meet him in a room in school.
In an interview with detectives, Clark denied texting lewd messages and having sex with the victim but said he had texted her about school.
EBR Schools said Clark was fired after his arrest. Read the school district’s full statement below.
“A contracted assistant football coach/substitute teacher at Woodlawn High School was terminated on September 9, 2023, following his arrest for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor student.
“EBRPSS leaders learned of the allegation last weekend, and district administrators immediately informed the student’s parents and engaged law enforcement to begin an investigation into the matter. Additionally, EBRPSS Human Resources leaders made an official report to the Department of Children & Families.
“Considering the statements provided and evidence obtained by detectives and subsequent arrest, district OHR leaders have recommended this employee’s termination, effective immediately, and he has not been allowed back on any school property. Superintendent Narcisse has approved the termination. This person was not a district employee and is now ineligible for any future employment opportunities with EBRPSS.”
Jail records show Clark was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles and molestation of a juvenile.