A Louisiana Catholic school principal has stepped down after being arrested at a strip club while chaperoning a field trip to Washington, D.C.
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Michael Comeau, 47, then-principal of the Holy Family Catholic School, was picked up by police outside Archibald’s Gentleman’s Club near the White House early Friday morning. Officers were responding to call about a patron who was “intoxicated” and “refusing to pay his bill,” WAFB-TV reported.
According to the incident report, Comeau “was observed standing in the roadway, refusing to move,” and was arrested for suspicion of public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol after refusing multiple requests to get out of the street. Witnesses claimed Comeau had a service dog with him in the club, but the police report did not mention the animal being with the suspect at the time of his arrest.
The principal — who was supervising a school-sponsored trip to the nation’s capital for Holy Family’s 7th and 8th graders — resigned via text hours later.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Baton Rouge confirmed Comeau’s arrest and subsequent resignation through a statement, clarifying that “The incident occurred when the students on the trip were in their hotel rooms for the evening under the supervision of other chaperones,” the Monroe Daily Star reported.
According to WAFB, Comeau also worked as a part-time reserve officer for the Brusly Police Department, and has resigned from his position there, too.
The Advocate reported that prior to his arrest, Comeau was “seen as a rising star locally and nationally,” after being “named one of the 20 outstanding teachers honored by USA Today and received the prestigious Milken education award, which comes with a $25,000 stipend.”
But this isn’t the first time the principal has come under fire. In 2006, Comeau stepped down as assistant principal at Baton Rouge’s Prescott Middle School over accusations that he mishandled $120,000 in Hurricane Katrina recovery donations.