A 28-year-old former Capuchino High School music teacher agreed to a plea deal Thursday for having a three-month sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
Adam Albrecht plead guilty to two felony counts of oral copulation and sexual intercourse with a minor and one misdemeanor after carrying on a consensual sexual affair with his former student between February and April. The misdemeanor charge pertained to providing marijuana and alcohol to the student. As part of the plea deal, Albrecht faces a maximum of 16 months in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about their daughters being violated by a teacher,” Wagstaffe said.
The affair was discovered after the student’s mother saw Albrecht’s phone number repeatedly on phone bills. She conducted a reverse directory search and contacted school district officials, who then called authorities, Broadmoor police Lt. Dave Parenti said.
Albrecht was arrested June 28 without incident at his home on the 400 block of A Street in Broadmoor. Albrecht’s attorney, Steve Clark, who did not return calls Thursday, has said that he was hoping to avoid prison time for his client because he suffers from a thyroid condition and an intestinal disorder.
Albrecht was a music teacher at Capuchino High School for about three years. He was also director of the Foster City Community Chorus, an affiliation of the Peninsula Musical Arts Association. Association officials did not return phone calls Thursday.
San Mateo Union High School District officials have not offered comment on the case. Albrecht resigned from his Capuchino High School job hours before his arrest. Craig Childress, president of the district’s teacher’s association, said that the organization followed protocol by referring Albrecht to a lawyer.
“‘Shock’ is a word that comes to mind,” Childress said. “You don’t ever expect something like this to happen.”
The student, who will be a senior in the fall, was described as fully cooperative with investigators and emotionally fine, according to Parenti.
With the plea, Albrecht will have to register as a sex offender. He is free on $100,000 bail. Albrecht will be formally sentenced Aug. 2.