A 46-year-old Louisiana teacher has admitted to delivering her kids cupcakes laced with sperm from her ex-husband, who is facing child sex crime accusations of his own.
Cynthia Perkins, who faces a 41-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to “horrific crimes” against children, accepted a plea deal on Monday, February 17. After she consented to testify against her ex-husband, Dennis Perkins, 68, before charges against her were dropped.
The former middle school teacher admitted to rape in the second degree, child pornography production, and conspiracy to tamper with hazardous chemicals.
Cynthia and Dennis were charged with 150 felonies, including rape, child pornography, sexual abuse of a child, and video voyeurism, when they were detained in October 2019. According to the Daily Star, there were other allegations involving a dog.
The couple was apprehended after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children got a report. Nude images of them with the minor were later discovered by investigators. According to court documents obtained by WBRZ in May 2021, police discovered images of Perkins’ students eating the semen-laced cupcakes, as well as evidence that the couple reportedly molested a child aged 9 to 10.
Following her arrest, Cynthia filed for divorce and resigned from her position as an English teacher at the high school. According to WBRZ, she claimed that her then-husband coerced her into committing the heinous atrocities. Dennis Perkins, a special operations lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, was fired immediately.
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On two separate instances in 2018 and 2019, the former couple was accused of providing baked goods containing Dennis’ semen to Cynthia’s class at Westside Junior High School, according to four lawsuits.
According to one of the complaints, the father of a student who ate the infected cupcakes has suffered from a profound depression as a result of the occurrence and has been unable to find work.
Another lawsuit alleged that since the cupcakes incident, a student and a parent have been suffering from mental health and behavioural issues, and have been unable to sleep.
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A student’s parents claimed in a lawsuit filed last May that Cynthia showed the girl inappropriate photographs; then photographed and recorded her. The Livingston Parish School Board was also accused of carelessness in all four complaints, which were filed separately.
It’s unclear whether the lawsuits will be pursued further at this time.