Former Tarleton student charged with two counts of indecency with a child

By Diana Valdez

Multimedia Journalist

A former Tarleton State University social work student, Debra Ann Blair, was charged with two counts of indecency with a child sexual contact.

According to an affidavit from Hood County, Blair, 45, was arrested on Jan. 15. She is accused of engaging in sexual contact with a minor on two different occasions. The alleged incident occurred at the Rite of Passage Correctional Facility where Blair was employed. Surveillance video footage shows Blair seated on a couch with a minor, when she started touching him through the clothing.

The arrest warrant for Debra Ann Blair Photo by Diana Valdez

The minor stated that Blair told him, “It was his turn to make her feel good,” as she unfastened her pants, placing his hand in her pants, over the underwear and on her vagina.

Additional investigating revealed an earlier incident of sexual contact between Blair and another minor that occurred on Dec. 26, 2018, in the Delta dorm of Rite of Passage Correctional Facility. A witness stated that Blair unlocked the door and allowed the minor to enter another youth’s room, where she began to rub his genitals through his clothing. Blair then allowed the minor to place his hand inside her shirt, over her bra, to touch her breast.

Blair denied any sexual contact to the police, explaining that her pants were unfastened because she had gained weight, and that the pants routinely became unfastened because of her stomach. Blair also claimed she had been “victimized” by the minor and other youth in the weeks leading up to the incident. Blair declined to comment regarding her not reporting inappropriate sexual behavior, either in disciplinary reports or to her supervisors.

Blair’s ex-husband Dr. Stephen LaDuque posted this to Facebook “her actions DID NOT involve my daughters.” He added: “we have been through a lot as a family and this will not define one single iota of who we are. We put our faith in Jesus and in family. I am exceptionally blessed and privileged to be the daddy to these four awesome souls”.

Blair was released on a $25,000 bond per count on Jan. 17. She didn’t respond to phone call, or letter  requests from Texan News for an interview.  

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