It’s not often that coaches or gym teachers are actually caught in the act when they have inappropriate relationships with underage students. Usually it starts with gossip among students and faculty, parents noticing something out of the ordinary or a spurned girlfriend or boyfriend. But this time we do mean “caught in the act.”
This time we have Basalt High School (CO) gym teacher and girl’s basketball coach Lauren Redfern who was allegedly in her office bathroom at school with an 18-year-old male student when the school’s athletic director walked in looking for her back on February 9th. Once caught, she immediately left the office with the startled AD and the school immediately launched an investigation.
Additionally, because Colorado has a “person of authority” rule, the fact that the boy was above the age of consent does not matter in this case. A police investigation has determined that the pair has been “hooking up” (as the kids say) for the past four months, starting when the student was 17 and the encounters allegedly took place at her home and his. Except for that last one in the office bathroom.
Redfern, who is in jail currently awaiting a bond hearing, faces two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, pattern of abuse. The later is a Class 3 felony.
Source: Aspen Times