GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – A paraprofessional at Galvez Middle School was arrested just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, February, 24, at her home in Prairieville.

Heather Norwood French was charged with “Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Rape and for Failure to Report the Commission of a Crime, in connection to an ongoing investigation,” according to the Gonzales Police Department.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted the Gonzales Police Department with the arrest of Heather French.

French is still employed by the Ascension Parish Public Schools and was named the ‘Support Person of the Year’ in 2020-2021.

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The principal at Galvez Middle School addressed the arrest in this letter below:

Dear Galvez Middle Parents and Guardians,

We were informed that a Galvez Middle School paraprofessional was arrested last night. It is part of a Gonzales Police Department investigation that did not originate at our school. The employee is not on campus today, and we will take appropriate action in working with law enforcement on their investigation.

We understand this causes concerns from our parents and community, and we want you to know that the safety and security of our students are of the utmost importance. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have specific concerns about your child, but please be aware that we are limited in what we know and can share as it is a law enforcement investigation.


Dr. Tachelle White, Principal
Galvez Middle School

The charges and arrest of Heather French “are in connection with the Douglas Decuir investigation and arrest,” according to the Gonzales Police Department.

Decuir is charged with:

  • First Degree Rape
  • Pornography Involving Juveniles
  • Indecent Behavior with Juveniles