A Louisiana Catholic school principal was arrested at a Washington, D.C. strip club after refusing to pay his bill.
Diocese of Baton Rouge spokesman Dan Borne says Michael Comeau was arrested early in Washington, D.C. Comeau, 47, was with students from Holy Family Catholic School, a K-8 school in Port Allen, to explore the nation’s capital, when he decided to do some secret exploration of his own.
According to an arrest report, officers were dispatched to Archibald’s Gentlemen’s Club on a complaint about “an intoxicated man refusing to pay his bill.” The Advocate reports the 47-year-old faces charges of public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol. It was unknown if he has an attorney.
Comeau’s fall from grace comes as a particular shock as he was previously named one of 20 outstanding teachers honored by USA Today and received the prestigious Milken award, including a $25,000 stipend. The Milken award was given to Comeau for his work in closing the achievement gap for academically struggling students.
The Catholic school principal also worked as a part-time reserve police officer for the Brusly Police Department. He resigned by text early Friday morning. The Diocese of Baton Rouge released a statement about the incident Friday evening:
“The Diocese of Baton Rouge confirmed today that Michael Comeau, principal at Holy Family School in Port Allen, was arrested on May 30 while on a school-sponsored trip to Washington, DC. The incident occurred when the students on the trip were in their hotel rooms for the evening under the supervision of other chaperones. Mr. Comeau had been principal of Holy Family School for five years and prior to that time had served in public education in the surrounding area. Mr. Comeau has submitted his resignation as principal and an interim principal will be appointed.”