Redfern sentencing continued to July 17 |

Redfern sentencing continued to July 17

Lauren K. Redfern

EAGLE, Colo. – A sentencing hearing for a former Basalt High School teacher accused by police of having a sexual relationship with a student at the school has been postponed until July 17.

Lauren K. Redfern was scheduled to find out Tuesday if an Eagle County judge would accept a plea bargain in her case. Redfern pleaded guilty in May to a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was arrested in February on two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Under terms of the plea bargain, Redfern wasn’t supposed to serve prison time and she didn’t have to register as a sex offender. Before a judge was able to review the proposed plea bargain, Redfern was cited for an alleged incident at Lake Powell, Utah.

Redfern was cited June 10 by a National Park Service law enforcement officer for prohibited use of a weapon. The park service received a complaint at 10:40 a.m. that day that a group that included Redfern was “shooting guns, playing loud music, consuming alcohol and harassing neighboring campers,” according to court documents.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office arrested Redfern upon receipt of that report for alleged violation of her bond conditions. The detective handling the case said Redfern did not appear to have permission from the courts or probation office to leave the state. Written permission was required to leave, an arrest affidavit said. In addition, the condition of her bond required her to avoid drinking alcohol, according to the affidavit.

It isn’t clear yet if the incident at Lake Powell will jeopardize her plea agreement in the other case. Redfern also has a hearing scheduled July 17 in the alleged bond violation case.

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