Former Basalt High School Teacher Lauren Redfern Gets 180 Days In Jail
9:18 AM, Aug 16, 2012
A former Basalt High School teacher and coach accused of having sexual relations with a male student has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 150 days of the sentence being suspended if she can meet certain conditions. The Aspen Times reports a judge said Tuesday that Lauren K. Redfern of El Jebel must undergo counseling and avoid drugs and alcohol, among other conditions. She also must serve four years of supervised probation. Redfern pleaded guilty in May to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Before she was sentenced, she was cited with prohibited use of a weapon at Lake Powell in Utah, after a complaint of shots being fired in a campground.During a search of the campsite where Redfern was staying, park officers said they found 28 grams of suspected illegal hallucinogenic mushrooms, a 12-gauge shotgun, shotgun shells along with numerous cans of beer and alcoholic beverage bottles.Redfern pleaded guilty to violating conditions of her bond by possessing a firearm.Redfern, a former physical education teacher and girls' basketball team coach, was arrested in February after a Basalt High School athletic director found her in a school bathroom with a male student, according to an arrest affidavit.She was initially charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, involving with a pattern of sexual abuse.The boy, who was 18 years old at the time, admitted to school officials that he'd had sex with the teacher in the bathroom, according to an arrest affidavit cited by the Aspen Times. But investigators apparently could not prove whether the teacher had sex with the boy when he was under age.