The 33-year-old teacher worked at Walker Freshman High School. Police said Pendarvis allegedly had a sexual contact with a student at the school during the 2016 spring semester.
“Acting on information we received from a reliable source a week ago, we initiated a preliminary investigation into the nature of a relationship between Ms. Pendarvis and a 15 year old male student,” said Captain John Sharp with Walker Police.
During the investigation, police discovered evidence that Pendarvis had an alleged inappropriate relationship with one of her students.
“During that interview process, the minor admitted engaging in a sexual relationship with Ms. Pendarvis. The minor’s parents acknowledged that their son informed them of the sexual relationship shortly before their interview with our investigators,” Sharp said.
A warrant was issued for Pendarvis’ arrest on Wednesday, June 16. She was taken into custody by authorities in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where police learned she had been staying.
“We are pleased that, with the full cooperation of the Livingston Parish School System, our Officers were able to conduct their investigation and arrest Ms. Pendarvis so quickly,” Sharp stated in a release Thursday. “Clearly, the allegations against Ms. Pendarvis are extremely disturbing and we are continuing to investigate this matter. Additional charges are possible. We also want to extend our appreciation to the Hattiesburg law enforcement authorities for their assistance and cooperation.”
Pendarvis was transferred from Hattiesburg to Walker before being booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Her bond was set at $100,000.