An embattled Louisiana teacher pleaded guilty to disturbing sex crimes against children — including serving students sperm-laced cupcakes, Fox News reported Thursday.
The female teacher's ex-husband — a former Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT team member — has also been charged with "dozens" of child sex crimes and is awaiting trial.
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Authorities say 36-year-old Cynthia Perkins agreed Monday to plead guilty to charges of second-degree rape, producing child pornography, and conspiracy mingling of harmful substances.
She also agreed to testify against her ex-husband, 44-year-old Dennis Perkins.
Investigators said that they received a disturbing tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2019, including lurid allegations that the couple had posed nude with a child. Later that year, WBRZ-TV obtained court documents that detailed how students ate cupcakes with Dennis' semen baked in. The documents also alleged that the couple raped a child between the ages of 9 and 10 years old and had hidden cameras in their attic and bathroom. Authorities also reportedly discovered disturbing photographs on an iPhone belonging to the couple.
It is unclear how the couple knew the unnamed child rape victim in question.
Fox reported that the couple was initially charged with 60 counts of production of child pornography, rape, and other related crimes.
Prosecutors also said that Dennis was accused of obscenity, video voyeurism, and possessing child pornography.
On Monday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said that Cynthia's guilty plea was in the best interest of all involved.
"She not only waived any right to appeal, and attempt to avoid conviction, but she also spared the victims from reliving her horrific crimes during this particular trial," Landry explained. "Today’s conviction is in the best interest of our victims and justice."
“It is a sad day for us, for all law enforcement officers, when you arrest one of your own," a spokesperson for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Dennis' arrest, WWL-FM reported. "We at the LPSO work hard everyday to retain the trust placed in us by our citizens."
Dennis is scheduled to be tried in May on 150 related charges.
Cynthia Perkins is set to receive a 41-year sentencing on Friday.