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Former teacher convicted of having sex with her student at O.C. high school

November 24, 2010 |  9:40 pm

An Orange County woman who worked as a high school band teacher was convicted Wednesday of having sex with a student.

Carlie Attebury, 31, of Orange was found guilty on four counts stemming from her sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy for nearly a year. Prosecutors alleged that Attebury befriended the student in 2007 while working at El Modena High School in Orange.

The two regularly met at Attebury’s home and exchanged sexually explicit text messages, prosecutors said.

Attebury came to the notice of police a few months later when she reported an extortion attempt by a former El Modena student who demanded $3,500 and sexually explicit photos to keep quiet about her  relationship with him.

Miguel Lopez, who was 23 at the time, was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to one count of felony extortion. He was sentenced to three years' probation.

In 2008, parents contacted El Modena’s principal after they allegedly saw her caressing the 15-year-old’s hair at a school event. Attebury is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

-- Robert J. Lopez