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Dec 29, 2011 8:35 PM by Herbie Smith

Updates on Eric Manuel

On Wednesday, Eric Manuel was arrested because of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage.
He's accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy he befriended on Facebook.
We also found out for years Manuel has had access to kids, through volunteering at St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette and at Notre Dame High School in Crowley.
In Crowley, school officials with Notre Dame say for the past year he's volunteered to help video tape football games and help students in campus ministry.
However, Notre Dame officials say they cut ties with him two months ago after finding out he was friending students on Facebook and texting them.

St. Thomas More's principal, Dr. Audrey Menard says she was shocked to hear the allegations against Manuel.
She's known him for two years and says he seemed like a nice guy.
Manuel volunteered to video tape retreats and to videotape football games for parents.
"Filming is something I know he's very talented in and I know he helped out at retreats. He was never in charge he was just a volunteer that helped out but he was safe environment trained which is required by the diocese. We've never had any indications in any shape or form of anything inappropriate that he has done," Menard.

It's unknown what school the victim attends.



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