Washington, D.C. - A Catholic school principal and reserve police officer from Louisiana was arrested in front of strip club while he was in the nation’s capital chaperoning the 7th and 8th Grade field trip.
The incident occurred at about 2:20 a.m. on May 30 after Holy Family Principal Michael Comeau and his service dog visited Archibald’s Gentleman’s Club while on a school-sponsored trip to Washington, DC, WAFB reported.
Police responded to Archibald’s for “an intoxicated man refusing to pay his bill.”
When they arrived, they found the 47-year-old Comeau standing in the roadway, WAFB reported.
Police asked the principal to move out of the road numerous times, but Comeau refused to comply.
He was eventually arrested for public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol, according to WAFB.
The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge moved quickly to address the embarrassment and released a statement on Friday evening that said Comeau had resigned.
“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 diocese said in a statement. “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,” the statement continued. “Mr. Comeau has submitted his resignation as principal and an interim principal will be appointed.”
Comeau submitted his resignation to the diocese via text message the day after he was arrested, according to WAFB.
Brusly Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux confirmed that Comeau had served as a reserve officer on his police force for the past six months, The Advocate reported.
The chief said Comeau resigned from the police department on May 31.
Earlier in his career, Comeau was the recipient of the prestigious Milken education award and honored as an outstanding teacher by USA Today.
However, in 2006 he was forced to resign from Greenbrier Elementary after he was accused of mishandling as much as $120,000 in Hurricane Katrina recovery donations, according to The Advocate.