Former Central Linn principal sentenced in sex abuse case

2012-11-21T07:30:00Z Former Central Linn principal sentenced in sex abuse caseBy Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald

Former Central Linn High School Principal Michael Bremont pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of second-degree sex abuse and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years supervised probation.

Bremont, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30 in Deschutes County on similar charges involving a 15-year-old Redmond student. He was arrested in June on the Linn County charge, which involved improper contact with a 17-year-old Central Linn student between October 2005 and June 2006.

Second-degree sex abuse is a class C felony. Bremont is required to register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender evaluation and treatment program. He is to have no contact with the victim or with any other minor female, unless allowed in writing by the court, treatment program or probation officer.

He is not allowed to work or volunteer at a school or youth center during the term of his probation.

Bremont made no comment during Tuesday’s sentencing other than to acknowledge Judge Thomas McHill’s questions.

McHill reminded him that a person in a position of power has the obligation to help his students feel safe, but added, “You’ve had that lecture before.”

Bremont was a Central Linn administrator from 2002 to 2007. He and his wife and children lived on the high school campus in a building that had formerly been used as a district office.

Prosecutor George Eder told McHill that Bremont offered the Central Linn student a home with his family when she began having problems at home. “He then became sexually intimate with her on a pretty much daily basis,” Eder said.

The girl told no one of the situation at the time, Eder said, and moved out following graduation that June. He said school staff members had noted the closeness and came to Bremont with concerns about the relationship, but he denied it.

Bremont took a job with the Redmond School District in 2007. He founded Redmond Proficiency Academy in 2009, which became a charter school, and was named principal there.

He was arrested Feb. 18 on charges he’d had sexual contact with a Redmond student. He posted bail and left the area without authorization, and was rearrested in Albany on Feb. 23. The Associated Press reported in October he’d entered a plea in Deschutes County that’s similar to the no contest plea submitted Tuesday: it does not admit wrongdoing but acknowledges the prosecution will prove its case.

Eder said the Central Linn student, now in her 20s and living in Washington, is in counseling over what happened to her as a teen. When she learned of the Deschutes County case, she contacted law enforcement.

Eder said he and Bremont’s Linn County attorney, Paul Kuebrich, came to an agreement on the plea and sentencing conditions and notified the Washington resident of Tuesday’s court appearance.

The woman elected not to attend, but her grandmother, Irene Corbett of Brownsville, came to court and spoke briefly to the Democrat-Herald after the sentencing. She said the situation has taken an emotional toll on her granddaughter, as well as a financial strain because of the need for counseling.

Two former and one current Central Linn staff members also attended the sentencing and spoke outside the courtroom. All said they were aware something was going on between Bremont and the student, but that no one had proof and no one spoke up.

Marguerite Burleigh, the district’s youth transition specialist, said she hopes Bremont gets the treatment he needs.

“Those of us in the education system are just appalled,” she said.

Jennifer Moody is the education reporter for the Democrat-Herald. She can be reached at 541-6113 or jennifer.moody@lee.net.

Copyright 2015 Albany Democrat Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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