A Louisiana high school teacher faces 41 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a string of sexual assault charges, including handing out her husband’s sperm cupcakes to her students.
Cynthia Perkins, 39, accepted a plea deal on Monday – hours before jury selection for her trial was due to begin – that led to the dropping of 68 charges and agreeing to testify against her ex-husband, disgraced Sheriff Lieutenant Dennis Perkins. .
However, a former Westside High School teacher pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, producing child pornography, and mixing harmful substances as a result of the conspiracy.
Cynthia and Dennis, 46, were arrested in 2019 on more than 150 sex offense charges, including joint child sexual abuse.
Prosecutors told the Livingston Parish News that they had received a “blessing” from the family of the underage victim to deal with the investigation, “knowing that 40 years is … quite a long time in prison.” They add that the three charges to which Perkins pleaded guilty “reflected what she had done.”
Cynthia Perkins, 39, faces 41 years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of sexual assault charges, including serving her husband’s cum cupcakes to her students.
On Monday, Cynthia accepted a plea deal that included agreeing to testify against her ex-husband, disgraced Sheriff Lieutenant Dennis Perkins (pictured)
Cynthia and Dennis were arrested in October 2019 when authorities discovered a nude photo of the couple with a minor after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Dennis, who was fired from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office after his arrest, was charged with 78 counts of felony. Dennis had been with the sheriff’s office since 2002 and led the SWAT team when he was arrested.
Cynthia, who quit her job as a high school teacher on the day of her arrest, was charged with 72 felony counts in the indictment.
She has been teaching English at Westside High School since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for four years at North Live Oak Elementary and High School.
Cynthia filed for divorce shortly after her arrest, alleging that Dennis manipulated her into committing crimes.
By accepting a plea deal on Monday, Cynthia waived any right to appeal and try to avoid conviction.
However, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry also said that she “spared the victims from reliving her horrific crimes during this particular trial.”
Cynthia and Dennis (pictured together) were arrested in October 2019 when authorities discovered a nude photo of the couple with a minor after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Cynthia quit her teaching job on the day of her arrest. She has been teaching English at Westside High School (pictured) since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for four years at North Live Oak Elementary and High School.
Her attorney, James Spox, called the plea deal “the best possible outcome.”
“We’ve weighed all the options and the information available, and given the circumstances… we really think it was the best decision,” Spox said.
Cynthia decided it was in her best interest. She is very sorry for what happened. We support her when she says it was the best decision she could have made at the moment.
“It’s not like people go home happy, but it was the best possible outcome.”
The former teacher will also testify against Dennis in his upcoming trial, due to begin in May. The prosecution argued that her testimony would be extremely helpful to their case.
Spox added that the testimony gives Cynthia the opportunity to “tell her side of the story about what happened and take part in bringing Dennis Perkins to justice.”
The former couple (pictured) also faced four lawsuits, accused of feeding pastries containing Dennis’s sperm to Cynthia’s class on two separate occasions in 2018 and 2019. It remains unclear at this time if the lawsuits will move forward.
The former couple also faced four lawsuits alleging that they fed pastries containing Dennis’s sperm to Cynthia’s class at Westside High School on two separate occasions in 2018 and 2019.
One complaint claimed that the father of a student who ate contaminated cupcakes became debilitatingly depressed due to the incident and was unable to find paid work.
Another lawsuit alleged that the student and parent suffered from mental health and behavioral problems and were unable to sleep after the cupcake incident.
In a lawsuit filed in May last year, the student’s parents alleged that Cynthia showed the girl inappropriate images, and also photographed and filmed a minor on video.
All four lawsuits, which were filed separately, also accused the Livingston County School Board of negligence.
It remains unclear at this time whether the lawsuits will be pursued further.