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Bremont Pleads Not Guilty to Abusing Student

Published On: Jun 04 2012 07:22:38 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2012 08:52:10 AM CDT
BEND, Ore. -

The former Redmond school leader at the center of a sex abuse case involving a student of his pleaded not guilty to all 14 charges Monday in a Bend courtroom.

Michael Bremont was arrested in February, but the abuse charges against him stem from a relationship that reportedly began in 2009.

According to court papers, the 39-year-old's "inappropriate relationship" with a student at the Redmond Proficiency Academy all started with texting.

The papers show the texts between the two, more than 20 years apart in age, said things like, 'I love you' and 'I miss you more.'

In an interview with detectives earlier this year, the girl, who's now 17 years old, said her relationship with Bremont started as a friendship.

In October 2009, that relationship changed -- the girl told police Bremont texted her saying he was having inappropriate feelings for her.

Later that month, Bremont offered to drive students, including the alleged victim, in his motor home for a class trip to Willamette University. Court papers show when they returned to Redmond, Bremont took the young girl home -- but not before making a detour.

Bremont, according to the teen, pulled the motor home over near Negus Bridge. She told police that's when he began touching her.

The relationship reportedly continued until later that year, the girl telling police Bremont would often take her into his office at school and behave inappropriately.

Court documents show the relationship ended abruptly in February of 2010 -- the teen told a detective it was because Bremont's wife, also an instructor at RPA, became suspicious.

Court papers in the case show the charter school's board of directors was made aware of texts between Bremont and the student in February of 2011 -- a full year before his arrest.

Bremont was confronted back then, and the board reportedly thought the issue was taken care of. Calls and e-mails to an RPA instructor, as well as the school's new director, who I was told might be able to comment on this, were not returned Monday.

Bremont is charged with attempted rape, sodomy, sex abuse and official misconduct, among other charges -- but he's not behind bars. Until his trial in January, he's on house arrest, staying with family members in West Linn. Bremont resigned from his position as director of the RPA in March.


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