The arraignment of a teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student, set for May 21, has been continued until Aug. 13.
Alexandria McLean’s attorney requested and was granted the continuation in the case of his client, a former Englewood High School drama teacher who faces charges of committing sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of authority.
A few minutes before the court session started, McLean and a male companion came into the courtroom. She joined her lawyer at the lectern when her case was called.
Michael Axt, McLean’s attorney, asked 18th Judicial District Judge Marilyn Antrim for the continuation to deal with some complicated issues he didn’t further identify.
The judge suggested July 16, but Axt asked the date be postponsed further to follow up on evaluations.
Antrim then proposed Aug. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 207, which was accepted by the defense and prosecution.
Axt, McLean and her male companion then left the courtroom and were filmed by a television camera.
McLean tentatively faces two Class 3 felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of authority that were filed by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, based on the material gathered in an Englewood police investigation late last year of an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student.
McLean, with her lawyers, turned herself in to authorities Jan. 4 and was advised of the charges she could face. She posted $25,000 bond and was released.
On March 6, the former teacher and her attorney waived the right to a preliminary hearing and the May 21 arraignment date was set.
McLean was hired in August 2011 as an English language arts and drama teacher at Englewood High School.
From August to late November, McLean taught theater, among other subjects, at Englewood High. The alleged victim was among students under her guidance for an upcoming drama production.
The school district was notified of an incident that apparently happened Nov. 18, which was the start of our fall break for Thanksgiving. She was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 28, and on Dec. 8, she submitted her resignation.