Female band teacher gets prison for sex with boy, 15
A female band teacher was sentenced Friday to 16 months in state prison after being convicted of unlawful sex with a 15-year-old male student at their Orange high school.
Carlie Rose Attebury, 31, was convicted Nov. 24 of one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor. She had faced a maximum of five years in state prison.
According to Orange County prosecutors, Attebury met the student at El Modena High School and gained the trust of him and his family, including having dinner at their home.
The teacher exchanged hundreds of text messages with the victim, prosecutors said, many of them sexually explicit. Attebury first kissed the victim in November 2007 and continued the illegal sexual relationship until September 2008.
"The defendant manipulated the victim's emotions by telling him she loved him and talked about marriage and a future together," according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.
In June 2008, Attebury reported to police an alleged extortion attempt by another El Modena student, Miguel Lopez. He allegedly threatened to report Attebury’s sexual relationship with the band student if she did not pay him $3,500 and send sexually explicit photos.
Attebury denied the sexual allegations and Lopez pleaded guilty to one felony count of extortion and was sentenced to three years' probation.
Orange police began investigating Attebury in October 2008 after parent booster club members became alarmed by her behavior toward the victim, including caressing his hair and sitting behind him in the bleachers with her legs straddled around him. The El Modena principal reported the behavior to police.
According to prosecutors, Attebury called the victim and encouraged him not to cooperate with the investigation.
-- Teresa Watanabe