Former Englewood High School teacher pleads guilty
On March 29, the legal process ended for a former Englewood High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student.
Alexandra Elizabeth McLean, 28, received no jail time as she entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor charges stemming from her relationship with a 17-year-old male student in November 2011.
She appeared before 18th Judicial District Judge Marilyn Antrim to enter the guilty pleas.
According to information from the judicial district, the fact McLean had been extremely truthful and remorseful about what happened and the fact that it is unusual for a psychosexual evaluation not to recommend treatment were among the reasons she was allowed to plead to the lesser charges.
When she appeared in court, McLean entered the guilty plea to the misdemeanor sexual assault charge and specifically to a subsection of the statute where the victim was younger than 17 and the defendant was more than 10 years older than the victim — even though the victim was two months from his 18th birthday.
The judge sentenced McLean to two years’ deferred judgment on that count. Successful completion of the deferred judgment will result in the misdemeanor sexual assault count being dismissed.
However, she also entered a guilty plea without deferred judgment to misdemeanor second-degree official misconduct. The record can’t be sealed, she can never teach again and the charge will not be dismissed when she completes probation.
She was sentenced to supervised probation for two years; she is not permitted to contact children under the age of 18 or the victim during her probation; and she must register as a sex offender.
Another condition of her probation is that she must remain in therapy, and the therapist is to provide monthly reports to the probation officer. However, she was not ordered to undergo sex-offender treatment.
All other conditions of probation are up to her probation officer.
McLean had faced two Class 3 felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of authority,
The case began in late 2011 when Englewood police notified the school district they were investigating a sexual assault incident that apparently happened Nov. 18, which was the start of Thanksgiving break.
Brian Ewert, Englewood school superintendent, said that in accordance with policy, McLean was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 28, 2011, and on Dec. 8, the district received her resignation
The charges were filed by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, based on the material gathered in the Englewood police investigation.
McLean, with her lawyers, turned herself in to authorities Jan. 4, 2012, and was advised of the charges she could face. She posted $25,000 bond and was released.
She waived preliminary hearing on March 6, 2012, and her lawyer’s request for a continuance was granted when she was initially scheduled to be arraigned on May 21. On Aug. 13, the judge granted another arraignment continuance and reset the court appearance for Oct. 22, when the not-guilty plea was entered and the trial date set.