Former Basalt teacher’s criminal case continued to digest additional information
The sexual-assault case against a former Basalt High School choir teacher was continued Wednesday after her attorney offered to present additional information to the prosecution team, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Jeff Cheney.
Brittany von Stein was scheduled to appear back in Garfield County District Court on June 9.
Von Stein was arrested at her home in Carbondale on Sept. 4 on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Police say the charges stem from a relationship that von Stein allegedly had with a male student at Basalt High School last school year.
Cheney said a rare situation arose where a defense attorney wanted to share information about the case with the prosecutors.
“We just feel it’s essential for us to get all the information we can before we make a decision on the next step,” Cheney said.
This was the third straight month that proceedings were continued without court action in the case. In an appearance March 3, deputy district attorney Zac Parsons said his full calendar didn’t allow him to meet with defense attorney Michael Fox to discuss the case.
In an April 14 hearing, Parsons said he was giving von Stein until April 28 to accept a plea disposition or proceed with a trial. Garfield County District Judge James Boyd continued the hearing until May 12 at Fox’s request.
No hearing was held Tuesday. Instead, both sides agreed to seek a continuance to June 9. Fox mentioned as far back as a Jan. 3 court hearing that he had mitigating materials that he felt were pertinent to the case.
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