Miguel Lopez: From Hero To Zero

March 31, 2009 at 5:16 am by  

Miguel Lopez

Miguel Lopez

Anaheim, CaliforniaMiguel Lopez, 23, could’a been a hero. Sometime in late 2007, early 2008, Lopez found out that a band teacher he was acquainted with was boffin’ her former students and was quite possibly engaged in sexual relations with a current student. A normal person would have reported the teacher’s transgressions, accepted a pat on the back and an ‘atta boy, and continued on with his/her life knowing that he/she made a difference. Not Lopez. No, he decided he wanted to profit from the teacher’s sins.

The teacher in question is Carlie Rose Attebury; a former band director at El Medona High School. And, she was involved in a sexual relationship with a male student age 15 to 16…that much is true. On October 31, Carlie was officially charged with eight felony counts, including sexual intercourse and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. She was not arrested at the time, but was expected to turn herself in. On November 10,  Carlie was arraigned and offered a not guilty plea on all counts. She bonded out and was supposed to attend a preliminary hearing on January 26th of this year. I have found no more information on her or her case.

Moving on the Miguel…he was a member of a band group that Carlie directed, called The Vanguard Percussion Ensemble. The group is made up of current and former high school students from the area–that would explain why a 23-year-old man was playing in a high school band. I thought maybe he was just really stupid and got held back. A lot.

When Miguel found out about Carlie and the teen, he put his plan in motion. He created a fake Myspace account and began messaging the teacher, sharing with her his knowledge of her dirty deed. He threatened to go to the police with his information unless Carlie cooperated. At first, Miguel demanded Carlie turn herself in to authorities and resign from her job. Yay, Miguel! After a few more weeks of messaging back and forth with Carlie, Miguel’s true intentions came to light. Booo, Miguel!

Miguel set up an instant-messaging account under the name IamGecko15 and started making his demands. He wanted $20,000 in cash. That was way too steep for Carlie, so the two bargained. Finally, a deal was made; Carlie would pay up $3,500 and send nude and provacative pics to the blackmailing dufus.

She sent about 30 nude pics to Miguel. Maybe she thought that would satisfy the greedy perv. No such luck. After getting the pics, Miguel demanded $4,500, telling Carlie that once he received the money, ‘you get your life back.’ Greedy little bastard! He sees the nudes and ups the price? Tsk, tsk.

Miguel’s plan fell through when the principal at El Modena became suspicious of Carlie and a male student, and reported his suspicions to police. It must have come out during questioning that Carlie was being blackmailed. Authorities traced the IP address on the messages, found Miguel, seized his computer, and discovered the messages and nudes. I have to wonder how far he would have taken his little scheme had she not been found out by someone else.

Miguel Lopez has pleaded not guilty to the extortion-of-property charge and is free on $20,000 bond. He is to stand trial on April 28. His attorney calls the charge ridiculous; ‘Mr. Lopez exposed a child molester. Thanks to him, this abuse has stopped and the perpetrator is being prosecuted. How he went about exposing her conduct may have demonstrated immaturity, but it was certainly not criminal.’ Lawyers are hilarious. Miguel faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

If you care to read up on Carlie and her charges, information can be found here, here, and here.

On another note, what is in the water at that school anyway? Former band director Jason Cawelti was arrested on December 5, 2003, on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Cawelti pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a person younger than age 18 in June 2004. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation, which he completed in June 2007. And, Former Principal Brent Bailey resigned in February 2007 after a misdemeanor charge against him alleging lewd conduct in public. Bailey, accused of trying to engage in lewd activities at a park in Fullerton, pleaded guilty in June 2007 and received three years’ probation.

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