Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (May 20) secured the guilty plea of a former New Orleans East middle school music teacher who inappropriately touched a young boy in his classroom.
Christopher Winston pleaded guilty as charged to indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. Criminal District Judge Camille Buras sentenced Winston, 30, to 44 months in state prison with credit for time served. Buras also ordered Winston to register as a sex offender upon his release.
Winston is scheduled to appear next week in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court for an extradition hearing. Authorities in Georgia have requested extradition so that Winston can face additional child molestation charges in that state.
New Orleans police arrested Winston on Sept. 24, 2015 — three weeks after he fondled the buttocks of a 12-year-old boy attending his sixth-grade music class at what then was the KIPP McDonough 15 Middle School for the Creative Arts. The Grant Street school has since been renamed KIPP Morial Middle School.
“Sexual abuse of children by a trusted teacher is one of the most deplorable and damaging offenses we see,” Cannizzaro said. “I’m glad that this defendant was stopped and ultimately pleaded guilty as charged to spare his victim the stress of a trial. We are grateful that Judge Buras shares our dim view of this conduct and imposed an appropriately serious sentence.”
Assistant District Attorney Charity Bruce prosecuted the case.
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