A former Abington School teacher, who was accused of sleeping with the 13 year old brother of a student she tutored, changed her plea to guilty on Tuesday, and is expected to spend about 29 months behind bars . WATD’s Steven Dodrill was in the courtroom when Christine McCallum changed her plea:
Christine McCallum entered the courtroom in Brockton Superior Court shortly before 12 noon, flanked by her husband and family. McCallum said very little, except for a few yes’s and no’s, to Judge Carol Ball. McCallum showed no emotion when she changed her plea to guilty, and when she was whisked out of the courtroom in handcuffs, to begin serving her sentence of 29 months behind bars at the Barnstable County House of Correction.
McCallum faces a 2 1/2 year sentence with the remainder of a second 2 1/2 year sentence suspended, followed by 10 years of probation after her release. McCallum is eligible for parole after half her sentence has been served.
“The judge made a very fair sentence here, and I think the resolution is the best thing we could hope for,” according to Defense Attorney Kevin Reddington. “Christine is a very strong young woman, she has strong family support, and she is going to be fine.”
Christine McCallum also showed little emotion when the prosecution outlined the allegations against her.
Prosecutor Sharon Donatelle, in Brockton Superior Court, told Judge Carol Ball that Christine McCallum, in the fall of 2005, met the young man while tutoring his younger brother in a local library, and then later at her Rockland home.
Donatelle said McCallum and the victim began a sexual relationship in January of 2006 which lasted for the next 20 months until McCallum gave the the underage victim an ultimatum to either move out or continue the relationship, after the boy allegedly met a girl who he liked in school.
The victim, who delivered an impact statement, sat next to his father in court.
The father, who did not speak, wrote a a letter which Prosecutor Sharon Donatelle read into the record on his behalf.
“You betrayed the trust of my son, a family, and a community. You hurt my family with all your deceit and manipulation. You have changed our lives and put us through much pain and embarassement,” the father said in court. “You put my two sons at grave risk on many occasion with out my knowledge, you gave my kids drugs and alcohol with no regard for their well being, only to fulfil your own selfish needs; To me you are true predator and a monster.”
McCallum pleaded guilty to all 14 charges against her, 12 of those allege statutory rape of a child, the other two included drugging for sexual intercourse, and providing liquor to a minor. She is slated to spend the next 29 months in the Barnstable County House of Correction, and will be eligible for parole in half that time.