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.