Cops say Basalt ex-teacher violated probation
June 15, 2012
BASALT – A former teacher at Basalt High School who had reached a tentative plea agreement to have sex charges against her dropped had a warrant for her arrest issued Thursday on an unrelated allegation, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Lauren Redfern was contacted by the National Park Service this week in Utah and apparently was issued a ticket, according to Jessie Mosher, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Mosher said Thursday that she was still gathering details about the incident and wasn’t able to comment further on the action involving the National Park Service.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incident by the Park Service on Thursday morning. The Sheriff’s Office then got a judge’s approval for an arrest warrant for Redfern for a probation violation, Mosher said. A detective spoke to Redfern’s attorney Thursday, and she is supposed to turn herself in at the Eagle County Jail this morning, according to Mosher.
Lawson Wills, an attorney for Redfern, reached while on vacation in South Carolina on Thursday evening, said he had limited information about the allegation.
“We’re looking into the allegations, and we’re not ready to respond,” he said.
In a separate case, Redfern was arrested in February on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a student at Basalt High School while she was a teacher there. She was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, pattern of abuse. She faced four to 16 years in prison if convicted of those charges.
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Redfern resigned from her position as a health and physical education teacher at the school later in February. She was also the varsity girls basketball coach.
Wills and Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said in May that a plea bargain was pending that would result in the sex charges being dropped against Redfern. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The plea bargain was scheduled to be reviewed by a judge on June 26.
As part of the plea bargain, Redfern’s name wasn’t going to be listed with the sex-offender registry. The plea bargain was arranged, in part, because the sex was consensual and was spurred by the student. He was almost 18 when the alleged contact began.
Under the proposed agreement, Redfern faced a two-year deferred judgment and was likely to be on supervised probation during that period if the deal was approved by a judge.
It’s unknown if a probation violation will affect the proposed plea agreement.