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HAMMOND, La. -- An Upward Bound tutor and Southeastern Louisiana University employee is facing charges after 'engaging in sexual contact with one of his 17-year-old high school students,' said a press release from Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto.

James Loyd, 41, of Livingston, was arrested by sheriff's office detectives Monday on the charge of prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student, said the release from Panepinto.

The high school student was enrolled in Upward Bound, said Panepinto. 'This relationship is believed to have started in late December of 2011, and has continued until present day.'

Upward Bound is a tutoring service to help high school students prepare for college.

'Loyd was also employed as a laboratory coordinator with the Chemistry and Physics Department at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2007,' said Panepinto.

Loyd initiated the relationship with the student and 'actively pursued the teen until a report was filed on April 3,' said Panepinto.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff's office, and Loyd may face additional charges.

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