Former teacher sentenced to jail time

A former Capuchino High School music teacher who had an affair with a female student was lambasted in open court Thursday by the mother of the 17-year-old girl before receiving a year-long sentence in San Mateo County jail.

Adam Albrecht, 28, had a consensual sexual relationship with the girl from February 2007 until May 2007, when she turned 18. The two met in his band class, where she was the drum major for the marching band.

The student’s mother, whose name was withheld, called Albrecht “immature” and “self-absorbed” with “the mentality of a 12-year-old who happened to have his own car and house,” during the sentencing Thursday. Albrecht gazed down as the mother revealed that her daughter was the instigator who aggressively pursued the former teacher.

“Someone at 17 can’t see the fallacy in that,” said the student’s mother. “But Mr. Albrecht was the adult with the influence and power. … My daughter is angry with me. She thinks I’m overreacting. There are postings [on a MySpace.com Web page] saying that Mr. Albrecht is the victim of an overzealous mother.”

The affair was discovered in June after the student’s mother spotted repeated phone calls between Albrecht and her daughter on a cell phone bill. A reverse directory search led to Albrecht. The mother then contacted school district officials, who notified police.

Albrecht was arrested June 28 at his Broadmoor home on the 400 block of A Street. He resigned shortly before his arrest upon learning from school district officials that he was under investigation. Albrecht, who had been a teacher at Capuchino High for three years, was contrite Thursday.

“I would like to express my apologies and remorse to the victim and the victim’s family,” he said. “I understand the consequences and I will never forget what I have done.”

County Judge John Grandsaert was not sympathetic and admonished Albrecht.

“If you would’ve waited until her 18th birthday, it would have been wrong — but it wouldn’t have been a crime, a felony,” he said.

Albrecht’s attorney, Steven Clark, called the sentence “fair.”

Albrecht plead no contest last month to two felony counts of oral copulation and sexual intercourse with a minor as well as one misdemeanor charge for providing marijuana and alcohol to the girl. Albrecht was also sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. He was ordered to report to county jail Sept. 29.

bfoley@examiner.com

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