Redfern voluntarily relinquishes bond, goes to Eagle County jail
EAGLE COUNTY – An El Jebel woman voluntarily relinquished her bond Tuesday and turned herself in to the Eagle County jail, where she will stay at least until an Aug. 14 hearing, according to one of her attorneys.
Lauren K. Redfern, 26, a former teacher and coach at Basalt High School, is facing criminal charges in two cases. In one case, she was accused by police of having a sexual affair with a male student at the high school. Her attorneys, Lawson Wills and Greg Greer, reached a proposed plea bargain with the Eagle County District Attorney’s office where two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, pattern of abuse, were dropped. Instead, Redfern pleaded guilty in May to a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The plea bargain was initially scheduled to be reviewed by a judge June 26, but before that hearing was held, Redfern received a citation from a National Park Service officer at Lake Powell in Utah. Redfern was allegedly part of a group of campers that was partying and firing shotguns in a campground, scaring other campers, according to a Park Service officer. Redfern was cited for prohibited use of a weapon.
Once detectives with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office learned of the citation, they charged her with suspicion of violating bond conditions for allegedly leaving the state without permission and consuming alcohol.
It is unknown if the alleged bond violation will affect her plea bargain.
“All activity affects all other activity,” said Steve Mallory, chief deputy district attorney in Eagle County. He wouldn’t elaborate on the status of Redfern’s proposed plea bargain.
As part of the plea bargain, Redfern was going to receive a two-year deferred judgment and probation. Redfern wasn’t facing prison time, Wills told The Aspen Times in May, and her name wouldn’t have been submitted to the sexual-offender registry.
Redfern posted $5,000 bond in that case and $10,000 on the charge of violating conditions of her bond. By relinquishing her bond and surrendering her freedom Tuesday, it suggests her team now anticipates a sentence with jail or prison time, though Wills wouldn’t comment on the reasoning. Redfern will receive credit for any time served if her sentence on Aug. 14 includes incarceration, Wills said.
Mallory wouldn’t disclose if the plea bargain is still on the books. He said he is talking with Wills and Greer. “We’re still in negotiations,” Mallory said. “They wanted to appeal to my boss and talk to him.”
That forced the continuance of the case. Redfern is scheduled for an Aug. 14 sentencing in the plea bargain case and a disposition hearing in the alleged bond violation case.
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