Parents see teachers as trustworthy individuals who can nurture and help their children into a better future.

It has been a long-cherished belief that the compassions of teachers and educators have all the potential to transform students’ lives in every positive way.

Such an image of heroism runs deep in the society’s mindset, and thankfully “most” teachers will do everything they can to keep the belief and hope alive.

There is, however, a small minority whose conducts are as disdainful as sin, and they misuse the power granted to them by their parents as a tool to abuse students sexually.

Such misconduct inflicted enormous, almost immeasurable damage.

It is a corruption of the role of teachers and ruins the public’s faith in the profession.

An infamous example of the result of such betrayal happened in 1984 when Leon “Gary” Plauché took the law into his own hands following the revelation that karate instructor Jeffrey Doucet had sexually abused his son, Jody Plauché.

Jeffrey molested Jody, so Gary killed Jeffrey. The killing took place in front of the police and TV cameras.


10 /10 Slow Start

In 1983, Jody Plauché began taking karate lessons from instructor Jeffrey Doucet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jody was only 11 years old then, and Jeffery was 25.

Everything seemed alright between the instructor and the pupil, but the reality couldn’t be any further from that. Jeffery started to abuse Jody several months into the training sexually.

No one except the perpetrator or victim was aware of the abuse. The molestation took a slow start, but it escalated quickly as the months passed.


9 /10 A Survivor

Jody survived his two years of ordeal and came out at the other end ruined.

He is 49 years old and has spent his adult life working at various organizations focusing on preventing sexual assault and providing counsel for victims of sexual or physical assault.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency named him the Survivor/Activist of the Year in 2004.

He has also published a book titled “Why Gary Why?” in August 2019 to share his personal story about being a victim of a sexual crime.

8 /10 Testing The Boundaries

According to Jody, the molestation didn’t start right away as soon as he became Jeff’s karate student.

Jeff didn’t do anything inappropriate during the first several months as he only tested the boundaries.

The instructor groomed not only Jeff but his family as well. Jeff would ask Jody to stretch, which gave him the perfect opportunity to put his hands around the student’s legs and private areas.

When driving, Jeff would put his hands in Jody’s lap. If Jody didn’t like it, Jeff would apologize and say it was nothing but an accident.


7 /10 Gradual Seduction

In his book, Jody doesn’t give many explicit details about sexual abuse.

However, the book gave enough description that the slow, gradual seduction finally reached a point where Jeff would not hesitate to do more nasty stuff to him.

Jody said he neither wanted to relive the nightmare for any victim of sexual assault who might be reading the book nor triggered any pedophiles who managed to get their hands on the book.

It was a fine line he had to dance around during the writing process.

6 /10 Keeping It To Himself

Even as the sexual abuse was in full effect, Jody kept the pain and struggle (physically and psychologically) to himself. He was only a preteen and didn’t want to upset his parents.

For Jody, the easiest – but not necessarily best – thing to do was keep quiet about it.

Everyone was furious in February 1984 when reports came that Jeff had kidnapped and sexually assaulted Jody.

The police searched the country for the two and finally found them in a California motel.

5 /10 A Phone Call

Jeff took Jody first to Port Arthur, Texas, before moving on by bus to Los Angeles, California.

The two stayed in the city for about a week. Investigators eventually tracked them down when Jody made a collect call to his mother.

The operator said the phone call came from a room in Anaheim, California, in Samoa Motel (now America’s Best Value Inn).

The police came knocking and found them in Room 38 in the motel. Jeffrey Doucet was taken into custody without incident.


4 /10 Back To Louisiana

Jody Plauché was reunited with his family on March 1, 1984. About two weeks later, Jeff was extradited to face trial.

Two East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office officers flew to California to bring him back to Louisiana.

He arrived at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport at 9:30 pm, in handcuffs, escorted by the police.

Jody’s father, Gary Plauché, was aware of the arrival, and he was an excellent friend to high-ranking police officers in the city, and that was presumably how he knew precisely where Jeff would be that night.


3 /10 Vigilante

No one but certain officers in the Baton Rouge Police Department and allegedly a reporter at WRBZ-TV knew that Gary was waiting for the suspect at the airport.

Gary acted as if he was making a call from a payphone at the airport. As Jeff and the police escorts were walking past a row of payphones, he pulled out a gun and shot Jeff in the head.

It was a direct hit, point-blank into the suspect’s right ear. A local TV station camera crew recorded the incident.

The shot put Jeff into a comma. He died the following day.

2 /10 Manslaughter

Some reports said Jeff was never comatose as the shooting killed him instantly. Gary Plauché was arrested and charged with manslaughter, and he pleaded no contest and received a 7-year suspended sentence and a 5-year probation.

Gary did not serve jail time for the killing of Jeffrey Doucet.

n every interview, he maintained that everyone would have done the same had it been their son who was the victim of sexual abuse. Gary died after suffering a stroke at a nursing home in October 2014.


1 /10 Mother's Love

Although Gary was in full rage upon hearing the reports of his son’s kidnapping, sexual abuse, and the suspect’s extradition, Jody’s mother had a different approach to the situation.

She tried to stay calm and did her best to help her son recover. Jody went on to study at the LSU and secured a job in Pennsylvania as a counselor for victims of sexual assault.

He began writing “Why Gary Why?” about three years after his father’s death.

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