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Ferriday Alderman Andre Keys has been sentenced after pleading guilty to an amended charge of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.

Keys, working as a teacher’s aide in 2020, was booked on charges of third degree rape and sexual battery following an incident at Ferriday High School involving a student of the age of majority.

Afterward, the Concordia Parish School Board placed Keys on administrative leave before firing him on June 10, 2021.

On Oct. 20, Keys received a six-month suspended sentence and two years of probation from Judge Kathy Johnson, who ordered him to pay a $500 fine and $260 in court costs.

Assistant District Attorney Austin Lipsey, who prosecuted the case, said Keys also was ordered to stay away from the victim and the victim’s family.

The case was investigated by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit (LSPSVU).

According to the LSPSVU, the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted state police to investigate a complaint they had received in February 2020 involving inappropriate sexual behavior between a teacher’s aide, identified as 28-year-old Keys, and students.

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