Lauren Redfern, Basalt High basketball coach, accused of sexual relationship with student

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Lauren Redfern.
Lauren Redfern ignored that old warning about how you can never go home again. A star basketball player for Basalt High School prior to her 2004 graduation, she took over as the squad's head coach in 2010 and worked as a health teacher. Now, however, she's expected to be processed at the Eagle County Detention Center on a charge that she had a sexual relationship with a student beginning when he was seventeen.

According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Redfern and the student, who's now eighteen, are thought to have been involved in a sexual relationship for three or four months. They reportedly trysted at her home or his, not at the school. Conveniently, they live near each other in the community of El Jebel.

As noted by the paper, Colorado law says that a seventeen-year-old can have a consensual sexual relationship with an adult so long as the latter isn't considered someone in a position of trust. Like, for instance, a teacher.

Right now, Redfern is on paid leave from Basalt High, with the school reserving the right to take further action. She was scheduled to turn herself in to the Eagle County Detention Facility no later than this morning.

During recent years, there have been no shortage of male coaches at high schools who have been accused and/or convicted of having sex with students in their charge. Think of Broomfield High School wrestling coach Travis Masse, Longmont High School karate club overseer Alex Tinsley and Alameda High School basketball coach Wes Specht, a semi-pro player nicknamed "Wild Man."

Likewise, female teachers have gotten into trouble for crossing the line with students -- among them ex-Mountain View High School instructor Courtney Bowles, Englewood High School's Alexandra McLean and Hilltop Baptist Schools' Terah Rawlings, whose father and uncle, both school officials, were accused of knowing about her illicit activities with a fifteen-year-old but failing to tell authorities about it.

However, Redfern is the first female coach in recent memory to face such a charge. Hard to imagine it's a distinction she covets.

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Lee Mulcahy, PhD
Lee Mulcahy, PhD

 Citizens,  my great-great grandfather was 1 of the founders of Baylor University with the Republic of Texas. my father  led a storybook life,  grew up on a farm without electricity [the Mulcahy's are white trash and proud], worked in los alamos on the h bomb,  on both the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, and made his fortune the hard way is a shining example for all of us.   he's leading the Mulcahy clan back to kenya, after visiting on safari, to install a water well for the village of sotik.  www.africawaterwells.org  i served on the board for the aspen historical society as a trustee for 8 years.  the Mulcahy family has roots in Aspen, Basalt, and Fort Worth, Texas.

I understand honor.

The teacher fell in love. whatever. we've all made booboos in love; but 4 to 16 years in prison? change the law already. it should have been handled in a more appropriate way by all concerned. talk about spineless school officials and tattletales. we as a society should be shamed about the treatment of lauren redfern. it's about values, poor judgement, and the fact that the US imprisons more people than any country in the world.   [google prison industrial complex,  it's big$]  we beat china!

it's big govt treading on us, the little people. look at phil sullivan in aspen, my personal hero. little people all over the world... are delivering the same message:

hey YOU [read big govt controlled by the 0.01%]be fair.treat us with dignity.

global turndowns result in the trampling of civil liberties. while michelle obama has returned to ski & stay at my limousine liberal/warmonger neighbors' house 4 blocks from me, her husband, a black puppet 4 wall street, with his faux populism talking out 1 side of his mouth all the while working 4 his 0.001% crony Chicago capitalists wrapped up as "liberals."   did u know our "liberal" president signed a law that enables him to ship americans to guantanamo and hold them indefinitely without trial? [didn't he promise to close it when campaigning in 07?]

really? what happened to habeaus corpus?

wake up people. it's now or never. Big govt. does not work.   Democracy is a joke.  "Justice" these days is trampling on little people like lauren redford. Stay strong lauren-u r in our thoughts and prayers.young man, ignore all lawyer's advise. make us believe in  goodness and honor again.  take it from an Eagle Scout and perhaps, Tim Tebow,  it's time for an 18 year old playboy to become an honorable man & stand by your woman: marry her.   

funinsnowandcold
funinsnowandcold

If it's true that she had sex with this 17 year old boy, then she must be punished for statutory rape.  18 must be the legal age & it wouldn't matter to me if she was his teacher or not.  If an adult man had sex with a 17 year old girl, then he must be punished for statutory rape. She shouldn't spend the rest of her life in prison if this story is true, but she should get some jail time.  Once he turned 18 years old, both of them can have sex with eachother as much as both of them want to but she should've waited until he was 18.  The legal age again to start having sex must be 18 & only normal straight sex.  

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The legal age of consent in Colorado is 17 (seventeen).

HTH

UnAmerican
UnAmerican

She should be in the Army where she can bring out her American values to their full potential,

Lee Mulcahy, PhD
Lee Mulcahy, PhD

America 2012:   We prosecute local "criminals" like Lauren Redford who made a mistake in love;  yet the Wall Street crooks run free renting out the entire Hotel Jerome here in Aspen for 4 days and close it to the public?                                                                                                                                            It gets funnier:  Obama's wife is staying 4 blocks from my house--in the "Petit Trianon" of the owners of General Dynamics, a merchant of death.  [They make scud missles @ $1 million a pop--- and sell them to both sides.]   Democracy is one big fat auction and the Crowns, our feudal overlords here in Aspen, are laughing all the way to the bank.  

Jacqui
Jacqui

Lauren made a mistake, and her judgement was poor, but this really should be left alone. The student who is now called a "victim" knew exactly what he was doing, and their age difference was minimal. I kew Lauren briefly when we worked together a few years ago, and will say she is a lovely, and beautiful young woman..I hope her life does not get ruined by all the negative press.

redrock64
redrock64

Excuse me she ruined her own life by having sex with an underage boy, no matter his age it was illegal!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

False -- the age of consent in Colorado is 17 !

The only reason she is being prosecuted is the assertion that she was "in a position of trust" over that 17 year old.

They would have to prove that she used that position of trust to coerce the sex from an otherwise unwilling participant.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Read the LAW.

The elements required for conviction include Being in a "position of trust" over the victim, and "using that position of trust" to coerce the sex.

Edenstore
Edenstore

What makes you so sure they would have to prove coercion?  Coercion certainly is not an element in types of trust position scenarios, such as doctors and lawyers with their clients.  Although with doctors and lawyers the violation is one of ethics and not necessarily of criminal laws.  Is it perhaps unconstitutional to make sex with an of-age student a crime per se, but not unconstitutional to make sex an ethical violation per se? 

Devlyn
Devlyn

this is stupid they both were aware noone was forced a 17 yr old is old enough to make decisions. let her out of this. but the state wont because they have to make there money and have another conviction on there board.

Greg Boudreau
Greg Boudreau

I don't know of a SINGLE male whom would feel "victimized" in this scenario given.

So, the ONLY reason this is being ADVERTIZED like this is to make the females whom are in  some line of government authority happy; make it "equal" to appear righteous.

Gets more female votes that way, come election time.

Esstgee2000
Esstgee2000

How sad is this that she is going to have to face such a horrible consequence for what is hardly a real crime...  I feel so bad for her. 

Ginab605
Ginab605

I'm curious to know how everyone found out. Why did she turn herself in? Did the "vic-tim" change his mind?

Roberto_americano
Roberto_americano

Ah leave them alone. If the situation were reversed (male teacher+female student) it would be different... maybe.... A position of "Trust"? What...........she required his "Trust" to teach him to read and write? Or is it that she has to maintain a certificate of public trust. She's not REALLY that much older than he is, either. Just leave them alone for crying out loud. The kid's 18 now, and should be the one to file a complaint if there is any to file. MY guess is that he's gotten a great big ego boost from her, and has no complaints.

Bldrrepublican
Bldrrepublican

Bullcrap.  This is the sort of thinking that perpetuates "women are different" thinking.  How many male teachers could claim the same thing - that the female student was "willing"?  Would it make a difference?

Women have been clamoring for "equality" in everything else - it's only fair they get it here also.

Al Malveaux
Al Malveaux

Miss. Redfern has made a mistake. Something that happens to every one. I pray that on one ostracizes her. No one is perfect in this world. So many people are to unforgiving. There are many law officers that hasbroken the laws, sexual assault cases on childrens as youn as 14 years of age. But guess what they get professional help. Why can't we get together, go on a mission ,help raise money for a legal represention. In addition we make an extra effort to rase sufficient moneys for Miss. Redfern Therapy. That's the American way. Why would anyone wanna reck her life. She needs help,she deserve help. Don't know about all of you perfect people, but I am willing to help.I do very well when it comes to helping people. Remember we all have skeletons in our closets. Most people are certainly asking God to forgive them. We just need to forgive her, help make her a better person .. She not a monster. Sincerely Al Malveaux. Almalv26@gmail.com Trust that Miss Redfern will contact the people that are willing to help. Have a blessed Night. Al.

pelley
pelley

  A mistake is grading a student incorrectly...not making the calculated choice to violate the ethics of your position so that you can enjoy a student putting his penis in you.  What, did she trip and fall on top of his unzipped fly one day?

  It's unethical for an academic to utilize an established power differential in order to develop a sexual relationship with a student; it has little to do with his consent to the situation.  It creates an environment where the teacher is acting in self interst, not in the interest of all of the students, where the inappropriate interaction is getting in the way of the student's education -- the same way many universities frown on  or censure professors hooking up with students, and doctors and mental health professionals can be censured for getting involved with clients.         She easily could have waited for this boy to graduate, then pursued him at a later date.  She knew she was risking her certification when she did this.    

redrock64
redrock64

I'm sure your response would have been the same if this teacher was a man and the student a female. Yes she made a mistake and she has to pay for it. If you can't handle the laws then change them. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!!!

Edenstore
Edenstore

You have a point about looking at the situation differently if the gender roles were reversed.  But the situations are not truly the same.  A male teacher can force a sexual act much more easily on a female student than a female teacher can on a male student. 

Bhs Mannyc
Bhs Mannyc

People make mistakes its not like she was forcing the kid. He's old enough to knw what he's doing he's no idiot! Plus she's not so bad looking herself.

DJ
DJ

There are 2 typos in my last comment--It should say "She" can always come home to the people who love her, and it should say "of" one of our own at the end.

Stan
Stan

Nobody cares.  We got the point that you're an idiot from your first post.

Jon
Jon

Hold on. You're saying a person coming to this country to feed his children and have a better life is worse problem than an adult in a position of authority praying on underage children? May I never spend any time in your valley, weirdo.

Anthonykirsch
Anthonykirsch

Jon, since when is 17 a child? 17 is old enough to go to prison, 17 is old enough to go to the military, 17 is old enough to have sex. Stop pissing on this chick because you pissed that you couldnt get laid at 17. I say leave them alone mind your own business as long as they are doing it at school whos business is it they are both legally able to consent. He probably isnt even HER student.

Edenstore
Edenstore

Isn't there an important, legitimate reason behind the teacher/student sex prohibition?  Can schools really let students and teachers have sexual relations at will, as long as they are of age and consent?  The school and the state cannot afford to just overlook it and send that message to everyone.  All of abuse would occur.

baallux
baallux

Oops I meant as long as they Arent doing it at school

DJ
DJ

"Lauren Redfern ignored that old warning about how you can never go home again."?  Michael Roberts is an idiot and Lauren Redford is a good person who made a mistake.  This is a victimless "crime" who can always come home to the people in this valley who love her.  When we have so many serious problems like illegals stealing the jobs of American citizens, why are our "leaders" dedicating time and resources to destroy the life or one of our own?  Ridiculous!

Stan
Stan

Get help, Pedobear!

Silo44
Silo44

Hey DJ, wanna work in the fields picking up tomatoes??

estephanie
estephanie

thats being racist to! and thats mean.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

If you're so low on the economic food chain that some uneducated wetback can take and perform your "job" without even being able to habla ingles ... then perhaps you don't deserve a position in the American Free Capitalist system, regardless of what trailer-park a pig-ignorant slacker like you was born in.

Quest
Quest

What jobs are illegals stealing? Please elaborate if you're going to make such a claim.

Jon
Jon

she's a fucking pedophile

Pawnmasta
Pawnmasta

That is not pedophilia. In my state age of consent is 16, But not for those in a position of authority over the minor.

Erik Smith
Erik Smith

Good comment.  I don't know what the California laws say.  But I suspect that the prohibition against sex with students is a law separate from the statutory rape or other pedophilia law.  In other words, regardless of the student's age, consent is not a defense available to the teacher.  If so, then, as you noted, the teacher cannot be classified as a pedophile.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The U$A = a nation of parochial prudes.

BTW -- under the statute, it would have to be proven that she "used her position of authority" to cause or force the teenager to submit to sex.

Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler

Once again...damn, where were these teachers when I was in high school?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Release her, then fire her.  Eagle County may be able to afford to persecute Redfern, but it is not in the public interest to do so.

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