Troubled ex-teacher in hot water again
A former Basalt High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been arrested on charges she violated conditions of her bond, a development that could affect her pending plea agreement.
Lauren Redfern, 26, was booked into the Eagle County Jail on Friday on a felony count of violating bail-bond conditions. She is being held on a $10,000 bond, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s officials say they were contacted by the National Park Service in Utah on Tuesday in connection with an incident at Lake Powell that occurred two days earlier and allegedly involved Redfern and five other people.
National Park Service officers responded Sunday morning to Knowles Canyon in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Bullfrog, Utah, on a report of people shooting guns and scaring campers. The report indicated that six people were shooting guns, playing loud music, consuming alcohol and harassing neighboring campers, according to sheriff’s officials.
Officers contacted the six people and identified Redfern, who was free on $5,000 bond and indicated she was awaiting sentencing in Eagle County. That prompted the National Park Service to contact the Sheriff’s Department.
Park Service officers conducted a search of the campsite where Redfern was staying and found 28 grams of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms, a 12-gauge shotgun, shotgun ammunition and numerous cans of beer and alcoholic beverage bottles, sheriff’s officials said. Redfern was cited for prohibited use of a weapon. Other charges are under investigation.
Redfern was arrested in February on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, with a pattern of abuse, in connection with allegations she had sex with a 17-year-old male student. According to court records, the two had sex at their homes while he was still 17. They also had sex in a teacher restroom and were found there when another staff member knocked on the door.
Redfern, a health and physical education teacher and varsity girls’ basketball coach, resigned after her arrest.
Sheriff’s officials said part of Redfern’s bond conditions in Eagle County prohibited her from drinking alcohol and leaving Colorado without court permission. Detectives confirmed that a judge had not consented to Redfern leaving the state.
The Aspen Times reported Friday that the 2004 Basalt High graduate pleaded guilty last month to contributing to the delinquency of a minor as part of a plea bargain that would have resulted in the sex charges being dropped against her. That also would have meant that Redfern wouldn’t have to register as a sex offender.
According to the Times, Redfern faced a two-year deferred judgment and was likely to be on supervised probation during that time if a judge approved the deal.
A judge was scheduled to review the plea agreement on June 26.
It wasn’t immediately known whether the bond violation will affect the plea agreement. Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert was out of the office Friday and couldn’t be reached for comment.
A representative for the District Attorney’s Office said other prosecutors in the office wouldn’t discuss the potential impact of Redfern’s new arrest until Hurlbert returns June 25.