Crime

Slidell High coach accused of 'grooming' students before sexual contact

Sara Pagones

The New Orleans Advocate

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Raymond Winzy’s career as a Slidell High School teacher and girls basketball coach ended abruptly last week amid allegations that he was having sexual contact with underage students, including in the classroom where he taught a course called Introduction to Business Computer Applications.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith called a news conference Friday morning to announce the 34-year-old teacher was arrested Wednesday and booked on numerous counts of having sexual relations with some of his students.

Smith said Winzy “groomed” his victims, first communicating with them via text messages and social media and then luring them with food brought from off-campus and even offering to improve their grades. He moved slowly, Smith said, gaining their trust before introducing sex.

He called Winzy’s actions a betrayal of trust and “disgusting.”

When Winzy was hired last summer, it was a homecoming for the 1999 Slidell High alum, and he took the Lady Tigers to the first round of the LHSAA Class 5A playoffs, where they lost 59-57 to Ponchatoula.

But last week, a female student went to an administrator with a complaint that Winzy was behaving improperly with students, school system spokeswoman Meredith Mendez said. He was terminated on March 9, and school officials contacted Slidell police, who launched an investigation the same day.

A week later, he turned himself in to the Slidell Police Department, spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said. He was arrested on two counts of molestation of a juvenile by an educator, nine counts of production of child pornography and three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, according to Slidell police.

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