A Donaldsonville High School teacher and coach was arrested Tuesday, April 1 on charges of distribution of schedule III CDS, distribution to a student, violation of CDS law school zone, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, Chief Tony Bacala said.

A Donaldsonville High School teacher and coach was arrested Tuesday, April 1 on charges of distribution of schedule III CDS, distribution to a student, violation of CDS law school zone, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, Chief Tony Bacala said.

Curtis Tsuruda, 56, served as a physical education teacher and a strength and conditioning coach at Donaldsonville High School since August 2013.

On March 28, Narcotics detectives launched an investigation after receiving information that a coach had given steroids to a student athlete. The detectives learned that when Tsuruda gave the student athlete the steroid pills he led the student to believe the pills were amino acid/protein pills to help him perform better in his sporting activities.

During the investigation, Tsuruda confessed to detectives that he knew that he had given the 16-year-old Methandienone steroids but told him they were amino acid protein pills. Ascension Parish School Board policy prohibits the school faculty or administrative staff to distribute any type of medication to a student. Based on the findings, Tsuruda was immediately placed on administrative leave, pending further disciplinary action as warranted, by the Ascension Parish School Board Administration.

Detectives transported the pills to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab where an analysis was determined that the pills were Methandienone Steroid pills, which is classified as a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance.

During the course of the investigation Ascension Parish detectives went to St. John Parish where Tsuruda currently resides. With the assistance of St. John Parish's Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives, Tsuruda's home was searched where additional steroids were located and seized.

Curtis Tsuruda, 56, of 112 Derek Lane, LaPlace, was arrested on April 1 and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.