Music teacher may go from songbird to jailbird

A 28-year-old Capuchino High School music teacher pleaded not guilty Monday to having a four-month-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

Adam Albrecht, who does not have a prior criminal record, faces 32 felony counts of sexual acts with a minor and three misdemeanor counts, which include dissuading a witness and possession of marijuana.

He was arrested Thursday night at his home on the 400 block of A Street in Broadmoor for the alleged sexual relationship with the high school senior.

Albrecht and the victim had a consensual intimate relationship from January through April of this year, according to Broadmoor police. Authorities were notified after the victim’s mother discovered Albrecht’s phone number listed repeatedly on her phone bill.

“The mother of the victim saw some phone bills that had the same number several times on it,” Broadmoor police Lt. Dave Parenti said. “She did a reverse directory to find out who it was.”

The mother then notified school district officials, who called the police.

Broadmoor police said 95 percent of the alleged crimes happened at Albrecht’s home. According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Albrecht provided marijuana to the victim on one occasion.

According to Parenti, the victim is not emotionally attached to Albrecht.

“There were some times where we believe she was,” Parenti said. “She’s doing fine. I talked to her today. She is very much cooperative.”

Albrecht is also the director of the Foster City Community Chorus, which is affiliated with the Peninsula Musical Arts Association.

The music teacher appeared in court handcuffed and dressed in a red inmate uniform. He stoically pleaded not guilty Monday.

The charges carry more than 20 years in prison, but according to Wagstaffe, that outcome is unlikely in this case because of the age of the victim and the consensual nature of the relationship.

Albrecht has been a Capuchino High teacher for about four years, according to police.

Capuchino High Assistant Principal Ron Berggren declined to comment and Interim Superintendent David Miller of the San Mateo Union High School District did not return phone calls Monday. Calls made to the Peninsula Musical Arts Association were not answered.

Albrecht also faces a misdemeanor charge of dissuading a witness. That charge stems from an e-mail exchange with the victim in which Albrecht wanted to know what to tell police if he was ever caught, Parenti said.

Albrecht is in custody on $500,000 bail. His attorney, Steve Clark, said Albrecht is seeking a bail reduction to address medical problems with his thyroid. His next court date is Thursday.

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