Englewood Theater Teacher Facing Charges Of Sexual Assault

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A theater teacher at Englewood High School has been arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child.

Alexandra Elizabeth McLean is accused of assaulting one of her students after a play at the school located at 3800 South Logan Street.

McLean, 27, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. She turned herself in to police Wednesday.

Police said they were led to a 17-year-old’s cell phone which was filled with text messages between him and McLean which included details about their encounters.

Police believe McLean met her victim during a school production at Englewood High School.

The teenager told police McLean would drive students home. She also drove him home even after the school’s principal asked her not to do that again.

“It’s heartbreaking. We hire everyone with the best intention of working with kids and understanding the boundaries and the safety of our students is our top priority,” said Englewood Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert.

The arrest affidavit details text messages between the 17-year-old and a friend, describing his sexual encounter with McLean. The details are very graphic.

There are also text messages between McLean and the student where she wrote, “You are already 17 and this super intelligent, talent and spunky. I’ll probably be fired for being friends with you.”

The student admitted to police he had sex with McLean at least three times in her car in an alley behind Flossy McGrews, a business on South Broadway.

Police in Englewood notified Englewood schools of the charges Nov. 23, 2011. McLean resigned her position in December 2011 after the allegations became public. The superintendent sent home a letter to parents on Wednesday informing them of the charges.

Ewert said McLean’s arrest is an unfortunate reminder for parents to talk to their children.

“I want parents to be really connected with their kids and to have a relationship with their kids. If there is any inappropriate kind of grooming behavior they can stop it immediately,” said Ewert.

McLean was hired by Englewood schools in August 2011. She taught English Language Arts and was involved with the dramatic arts program at the school .

McLean is scheduled to appear in court March 6. She is free on $25,000 bond.

  • Susan Clark

    Really, just $25,000 bond for a sex offender? When is the law going to get a clue? These are HORRIBLE acts done to children and bond should be so high as to prohibit being able to be out on bond! A teacher no less! This is simply outrageous, and low bond does not protect our children!

    • Jamison Yates

      You’ve never been a teenage boy. This isn’t a crime. I’m sorry, it just isn’t. The law says it is, but being male and once a teenager, no decent looking woman would have to talk me into anything. From the time we’re in HS and often a bit sooner, we’re trying to have sex, right or wrong. This woman didn’t have to force, trick or convince this kid of anything, or he’d not have been bragging about it. The law is the law and she’ll be punished, but it’s silly.

      • Alexia

        The crime is because she was a teacher. I don’t think it’s at all silly, otherwise teens in school will be sleeping with their teachers, creating babies. Then we have an entire school where the teachers and students have families. It’s just gross and she crossed the line.

    • migrant3

      The law needs to change to address this type of alleged ‘crime’. It is not on equal merit with a crime of an adult male against a pre-pubescent/pubescent female child.

      • Lexigirl

        Did you read the story? It’s not a crime of him not being of consent, he is. The age of consent is 17 years old in Denver. The crime is that she abused her position of trust because she is a teacher in the school district. It is illegal for school employees to have sexual relationships with their students. Even she was aware of this, as she told him as much in a text message.

    • Enrico

      Susan, get real – we’re talking about a 17 year old boy, not a young child.
      The real victim is this poor young lady who’s obviously in love and is now been stigmatized as predator by a bunch of hypocrites.

      • Lexigirl

        You’re obviously not very bright. She was supposed to be in love WITH HER FIANCE! Not a 17 year old student/boy. At 27 years old, she should have certainly known better. Spare me.

  • denvervet

    Although kids @ 17 like to think they are adults in many ways most are still children emotionally. I would have freaked out if a teacher in my HS tried to pick me up or have sex with me, I was a product of graduating HS in 74. It would have had a very negative affect on me and probably ruined my trust in people at a young age. I probably was attracted to a teacher or two, don’t remember but I knew also that it was “taboo”. My feelings on this are that some parents don’t instill “rules” in their children’s lives or make themselves consistant when enforcing them, this is critical with children. If you don’t have unbreakable rules at home you probably won’t in society. Unfortunately, we all have to live by rules whether we like it or not, its called “integrity”. Maybe we should be teaching a course in Integrity and also “respect” for that matter. Today respect is lost in terminology, they want us to believe that respect is a given when the reality is that respect is earned by someone. My pet peave. I feel badly for this HS student and the ramifications he will have, I don’t feel badly for the teacher however. This is a woman who choose to throw her life and career away wholeheartidly fully knowing what she was doing. What a waste of her good education. Also, this will have an affect on other students too, a negative one.

    • bvdbos

      You must have grown up in a very protected community if you think it would ruin your trust in people for the rest of your life. When I was seventeen I could only dream about having sex with someone of 27 and I still feel sorry I didn’t manage to step out of my shyness back then…

      Wether it’s morally a good thing to date a pupil as a teacher is something else. In general a teacher shouldn’t start something with a pupil or if they really are in love one of them should leave school.

      But a a couple of 17 vs 27, I don’t see a problem with that… Do the couple of months (or was it days???) till he’s 18 make so much of a difference to you? It’s not like he’ll undergo a metamorphose the day he turns 18…

      • Elias

        What’s actually at stake is way more than a half-million dlloar fine. For one thing, each broadcaster who broadcast the image is liable for a fine both the stations that CBS owns, and the ones it doesn’t, but are merely affiliated. CBS almost definitely has an indemnity clause in its affiliate contracts that requires CBS to contest fines created by network-supplied programming.At issue is the fact that the exposure, while probably preventable, was not intended. If the cost in the future is a half-million per accidental slip, then live broadcasting becomes too risky and nothing will ever be broadcast live again. This is familiar territory to radio, where live callers have to be warned to turn off their radios, because hearing something live AND delayed causes exceedingly amusing speech from people who aren’t expecting it. Anyway, the network would not like to have a pricetag of $500,000 on a mistake, and is fighting to have that pricetag removed from any and all future mistakes. I would guess that the NAB, the National Association of Broadcasters, is helping CBS with the legal expenses.The FCC, on the other hand, is charged with creating, maintaining, and enforcing regulations on broadcasting to serve the public interest, necessity, and convenience. If the court throws out its rulings, then they have to go back and write new ones, AND its enforcement power is diminished.British television has had nudity on it since the days when Monty Python was created, and while even the most loyal of Brits must admit that the Empire has declined a bit from its heyday, it has not yet collapsed into barbarity, except for the odd football riot.

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  • eddie

    @ enico. You’re bang on. Buddy isn’t quite a victim. The teacher is. She lured in by, I’d say godfearing parents,
    Give the teacher a different school. Wipe record clean. She learned a lesson, so does buddy. LIFE is the lesson.

  • bvdbos

    Congrats for the guy, who wouldn’t want this when he was 17. It’s not like she’s a pedophile…

    • Stefan

      When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite .Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino wrrkeos to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried wrrkeos of different nationalities but they did not impress him. There is no comparison between Filipinos and others , he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino wrrkeos 1,019,577 outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 wrrkeos from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors.They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’99s seafarers. There are 1.2 millionFilipino sailors.So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduateeach year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, anurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections, she said.This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.We should pay respect to Filipino wrrkeos, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino wrrkeos left his flower shop.We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us .Hey! isn’t it enough for us to be a proud filipino? If you are a real filipino,you can feel it!And to the non-filipinos,think about it.

  • Freethinking Atheist

    Nothing wrong here. When i was 16 i was hitting on my English teacher (but didnt get any). The guy knows exactly what is going around and what he was doing. It is only the hypocrite community that makes a fuzz out of this.

    • Lexigirl

      Also, she threw herself in jail by not following the law and instruction of the school, or keeping her legs closed to a 17 year old child. The crime is sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. Had she not been a teacher there would be no crime, since the age of consent in Denver is 17 years old.

  • Mitch Friedman

    But where do you draw the line? A teacher having sex with a student in HS is not OK. Yes he is 17 and yes he will not be damaged. Still the teacher should know better. We will have to see how hard they throw the book at her. Her decision was very poor knowing what would happen if word got out. She has a problem that really needs to be delt with.

  • David M

    It’s a bunch of cr&p, he is 17….this was probably the highlight of his young life…Child my A$$. I would have been bouncing off the walls if I was i his place, this country needs to get a clue!!!

  • brett

    Look at this for what is is. A crime committed by a teacher (person of trust) on one of her students. The fact that the crime involves a consenting 17 yr old and a consenting 27 yr old is not relevant at all.
    No one but this young woman knows why this happened because it was her choice to make it a crime in the first place not this 17yr old. His reaction was a natural which she should have anticipated.
    I can’t say one way or the other whether this woman is a sexual predator or not, evaluate her for what it is worth. If she is then deal with her as such. At any rate she will have to bear the burden of the law since she is the adult. She processed the situation and knew it was wrong .

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