School counselor accused of having sex with 14-year-old student
ATTLEBORO, Mass. —
A guidance counselor at North Attleborough Middle School accused of having sex with a female student was ordered held on $30,000 bail Tuesday.
Brian McBride, 31, of Attleboro, was arraigned at Attleboro District Court and pleaded not guilty. He's scheduled to be back in court on June 27.
Police said the alleged incidents occurred over several months in 2013 and were reported to police on May 24.
According to police, McBride, who is married and a father, was the girl's chorus teacher in middle school and is now a guidance counselor at the school.
The girl told police some of the incidents happened at the middle school, but after she had started high school.
"While in the music room in between rehearsals for other students, (the victim) stated this happened three to four times during that time period," said Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe.
Another alleged incident occurred at McBride's house. The girl told police he picked her up with his infant son in the car and brought her back to his house.
"Police officers asked her to describe the home. She was able to give detailed description of his bedroom, and layout of his house," Tafe said.
An attorney for McBride told the court his client was well respected in the community and was shocked by the charges.
However, court documents indicate McBride admitted to police he knew what he was doing was wrong.
"He stated he knew this was wrong but due to marital problems he found the attention given to him by this 14-year-old was something he couldn't resist," Tafe said.
According to The Sun Chronicle, McBride was a music teacher at the middle school until this year, when he was appointed as a guidance counselor to fill a vacancy in January at the school.
Superintendent Suzan Cullen said McBride has been terminated from his post and that the safety of students is the district's primary concern.
Cullen said in a statement, "The district's administration is working very closely with the police as they conduct their investigation of this very serious matter. In the meantime, the teacher in question has been notified of his termination. We will not tolerate egregious acts against innocent children."
McBride is also accused of sending explicit texts to another female student.