San Bruno teacher sentenced to jail
for sex with student
By Ari Burack
August 2, 2007
A former San Bruno high school music teacher was sentenced to
one year in county jail today in San Mateo County Superior Court
for beginning a sexual relationship with one of his female students
just weeks shy of her 18th birthday.
Adam Albrecht, 28, a former band teacher at Capuchino High School,
was arrested June 28 at his Broadmoor home after the girl's mother
discovered cell phone calls and text messages between the two
and reported their relationship to police.
Albrecht was charged for acts that took place between February
and May, primarily at Albrecht's home.
Albrecht agreed to plead no contest July 12 to one felony count
of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, one felony count
of oral copulation with a minor, and one misdemeanor count of
contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for providing the
girl with alcohol and marijuana.
According to Albrecht's attorney Steven Clark, the relationship
was consensual and began late last year, two and a half months
before the girl turned 18, and continued after her 18th birthday.
The girl's mother spoke in court this morning, stating that though
her daughter, a drum major in the school's marching band, took
responsibility for the relationship being her own idea, she was
victimized by "her favorite teacher," a man in a position
of authority who should have known better.
"She was driving the boat," her mother said. "But
Mr. Albrecht was the adult."
"This is a man who is immature and self-absorbed,"
she went on. "This is the behavior of a 12-year-old boy who
happens to have a car."
Albrecht spoke briefly, offering his "deepest apologies
and remorse to the victim and the victim's family."
"I never meant to cause them harm," Albrecht uttered
softly. "I will never forget what I have done and I will
always be remorseful."
Judge John Grandsaert declined to sentence Albrecht to state
prison, noting that he has "no prior record whatsoever,"
that he resigned his teaching position as soon as the relationship
was discovered, and that he has requested to have his teaching
credentials permanently revoked.
"I am certain you will not teach again," Grandsaert
offered, to which Albrecht nodded in agreement.
"This has been a terribly damaging case," Grandsaert
told Albrecht. "It was up to you, as the adult, as the teacher,
to show restraint," he went on, noting that the relationship
would not have been a felony had Albrecht only waited a few weeks.
"You are the responsible party and you are now the felon
as the result of that," Grandsaert stated, "and you
will now be sentenced to a year in county jail."
In addition to the judge's order that he surrender to the San
Mateo County Jail on Sept. 29, Albrecht was given three years'
probation, an order to undergo counseling and treatment, and was
ordered to have no further contact with the victim.
His computer and cell phone will now be subject to search by
authorities, and he will not be allowed to date anyone who has
physical custody of a minor.
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