Prep football coaches facing charges in cheating scandal
Chris Miller Reporting
Legal repercussions could be the next step in a coaching scandal at Destrehan High School. Five football coaches are now suspended, and many of them face possible charges for hacking a secured web site to gain a competitive advantage over South Lafourche High School.
South Lafourche principal Gaye Cheramie says during the game with Destrehan, she thought her school's team was playing really well.
"During the game I noticed our offense was doing some shifting plays that I had never seen the do before," she said, but the Destrehan defense always seemed to have an answer: "What caught my attention was that the defense immediately could respond to it."
Cheramie says it just became clear during their 49-24 loss that something was not right.
"So Friday evening, and Saturday after coaches broke down tape, it became very evident and obvious," she said.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says Destrehan assistant coach Ryan Fournier and his girlfriend, Emily Guidry, admitted to illegally accessing a website that contained South Lafourche's playbook and video of its practices.
Sheriff Webre says three more assistant coaches, Wayne Sentilles, Daniel Laquet and Greg Boyne have also admitted to improperly accessing the website.
All have been charges with offenses against intellectual property, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $500.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana High School Athletics Association ordered Destrehan to forfeit its victory. The five coaches have been suspended.