Teachers facing sex charges used texts, apps to speak with student

Paul LaFrance (top) and John Wedlock (bottom)

RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — A teacher and a former teacher at Chariho High School who were arrested on felony sex charges used popular phone apps and websites during the alleged relationships with a student, a police report confirmed.

Police reports from officers in Richmond outlined the nearly month-long investigation into the alleged relationship between a former teacher and a student, which then led to the discovery of another relationship between the same student and a second teacher at Chariho High School.

According to a police report, on October 7, the high school resource officer alerted school administration to a possible inappropriate relationship between the student and former science teacher John Wedlock, 52. The following day, detectives interviewed the student and her mother, when the student revealed she had began a texting and Skype relationship with Wedlock back in April.

The student told police he allegedly sent inappropriate videos and text messages saying “Love you”, “Kisses”, and “Sleep baby, I love you, your so cute sleeping in bed”.

The police report confirmed that two weeks later, the student disclosed to police another relationship she had with business teacher Paul LaFrance, 53.  The student told police she began to talk with LaFrance in June on Kik.com and Skype. The report states, “The conversation was almost immediately sexual, and Paul LaFrance told her what he wanted to do to her.”

According to the report, the student admits to meeting with LaFrance on two occasions, including at his house, to engage in sexual activity.

Police said the texts between the two are “Sexual in nature and several discuss a concern of getting caught.”

Both men have been released on personal recognizance while LaFrance remains on administrative leave.



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