Parents to monitor teacher accused of affair

A former Capuchino High School teacher accused of carrying on a four-month-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female studentreceived a reduced bail with the condition that the man’s parents keep a close eye on him.

Defense attorney Steve Clark argued that bail for 28-year-old Adam Albrecht be reduced from $500,000 to $35,000. The former band teacher suffers from a thyroid condition as well as Celiac’s disease, an autoimmune intestinal disorder.

“He’s basically missed every meal since he’s been in jail,” Clark said.

Albrecht’s father, Bruce Albrecht, a professor at the University of Miami, told Superior Court Judge Carl Holm that he and his wife would stay in town throughout their son’s court case and pledged to supervise him.

Holm lowered Albrecht’s bail to $100,000 and ordered the defendant’s father to report his son to the court if he attempted to leave the area while out on bail.

Albrecht faces 32 felony counts of sexual acts with a minor and three misdemeanor counts, including dissuading a witness and possession of marijuana. He was arrested June 28 at his home in Broadmoor. He pleaded not guilty Monday to the charges.

Small and bespectacled, Albrecht cast his eyes downward as Assistant District Attorney Melissa MacKowan described how his flirtation with the 17-year-old girl escalated to a full-blown affair.

Albrecht began allegedly flirting with the girl, then 17, in October, MacKowan said. He scheduled his free period at school so the two could spend time together. The relationship reportedly intensified during winter break, with the pair exchanging explicit text messages, McKowan said.

The two began having sex on Feb. 15, McKowan said. The girl turned 18 two weeks later. The seven-week affair consisted of trysts at Albrecht’s apartment, the girl’s home while her parents were on vacation, and a portable classroom on school grounds, according to prosecutors. The girl’s mother alerted authorities after finding a phone bill with multiple calls to and from Albrecht, police said.

While acknowledging that the relationship seemed consensual, Holm admonished Albrecht for allegedly breaching a position of trust.

If convicted on all counts, Albrecht could face 38 years in prison. Realistically, however, a case like Albrecht’s usually carries a penalty of probation to six years behind bars, McKowan said.

Albrecht resigned from his teaching position hours before his arrest, school officials confirmed.

tbarak@examiner.com

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