UPDATED: Benton teacher charged with rape of student

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The Bossier Parish elementary school physical education teacher who was arrested earlier this week on video voyeurism with a student now faces a charge of rape of an another elementary school student.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, 47, of the 2500 block of Waverly Street in Bossier City, with 1st degree rape Friday afternoon, following a thorough investigation that began earlier this week.  With this current charge, Norcross is accused of sexually assaulting an elementary school student on the campus of Benton Elementary School. 

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith released the following statement Friday afternoon: “The realization of what is alleged to have occurred is repugnant to us at Bossier Schools and we are deeply saddened and angered. We will not let the charges brought against this individual tarnish the great work and quality learning that takes place every day in our schools. The school district has arranged for resources to be available to our children and parents that have concerns. Assistance is available by calling (318) 773-5146.”

Norcross is currently incarcerated in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility and faces a total bond of $900,000 ($700,000 on the 1st degree rape charge and $200,000 on the charge of video voyeurism.) 

“As Sheriff, parent, and a grandparent, I fully understand the concerns that parents have when they hear about this type of vile behavior,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “It’s disgusting, plain and simple.

“But I want to reassure parents of students at Benton Elementary School that this man is in jail and will not harm your children any longer,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “We have one of the best school systems here in Bossier Parish, and I am thankful that the administrators, parents, and children who helped bring this case to our attention so we could properly and swiftly investigate.  Our detectives have been working tirelessly over the past few days on this case, interviewing countless adults and children, as we sought answers. 

“I encourage parents to have honest and open discussions with their children about inappropriate touching and behavior,” Sheriff Whittington emphasized.  “I am also working with Superintendent Smith on ways we can partner to educate young students and parents alike about this delicate, yet very important subject.”

Sheriff Whittington also understands that an arrest like this prompts other victims of sexual assault – whether with this suspect or others – to come forward.

“We take these reports of sexual assault and misconduct very seriously,” said Sheriff Whittington, “and we encourage children to tell someone they trust, whether it’s their parents, grandparents, principal, or school resource officer about any inappropriate touching or interaction.  Tell someone.  And please report it by calling the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 965-2203 or your local law enforcement agency so we can properly investigate these cases, get young people the help they need, and bring perpetrators to justice.” 

Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation.

The original arrest briefing follows below:

Bossier Parish elementary school teacher has been arrested for video voyeurism.

Aubrey Norcross, 47, of the 2500 block of Waverly Street in Bossier City was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with one count of video voyeurism involving a Benton Elementary School student where Norcross works as a teacher. 

Norcross was transported and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility; his bond is pending.