Skip to comments.Neighbors: Teacher seemed like wholesome family woman Educator, 29, accused of seducing 13-year-old
Posted on 01/11/2009 3:40:12 AM PST by billorites
Neighbors of a suburban schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a 13-year-old boy are still reeling from the shocking allegations lodged against the clean-cut woman who appeared to be dedicated to her husband and her job.
When you talk to her, she is quiet, really nice, said Erica Mara, 20, who lives across the street from Christine McCallum, 29, who was charged Friday with seven counts of statutory rape.
No one answered the door at McCallums home on Central Street in Rockland yesterday.
Mara questioned how McCallum, a teacher at an Abington elementary school, would find time to have an affair. She was rarely seen without her husband, Scott.
They seem like they got along really good, Mara said. Every time I saw them they were in the garden or in the back yard.
Added Maras stepmother, Jaime Mara, 30: They were always doing something together.
Police say McCallum befriended the boy in 2005 or early 2006 when he was 13 and she tutored his younger brother. She took the boys under her wing, let them stay at her home, bought them food and gave them rides, police say.
Within months McCallum and the boy, now 16, were having sex on an almost daily basis, police allege. The boy told police he had sex with McCallum more than 300 times at his Abington home and McCallums Central Street and Arlington Street homes in Rockland, according to a police report.
The affair ended in November 2007, but it was only recently reported to police when the boys father found out, police say.
Im kind of blown away, said Mark Burns, 38, who lives across from the Arlington Street home where the McCallums once lived. I would have never expected it. They seemed like a clean-cut family. He saw McCallum and the boy often. She watched him skateboard sometimes, Burns said, adding, He was always around.
They were nice people, said another Arlington Street neighbor who knew the couple well and didnt want to be identified. Its too sensitive for me to comment.
McCallum denies the charges. Her attorney says she was a surrogate mother because the boys father, a single dad, needed help.
A man named Mike, who lived next to the boys and their father on Winthrop Street in Abington, said hes not shocked. He said McCallum went beyond the role of teacher, even inviting the boys over for sleepovers. People arent that kind, said Mike, who wouldnt give his last name.
McCallum was fired Thursday from her job at the Woodsdale School in Abington. She posted $1,000 bail Friday and was released on condition she submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from the boy and anyone under age 16.
Such is life in early 21st century America.
The alleged victim has told investigators that he and Christine McCallum first had sex on February 7, 2006 on a couch in her Rockland home, while her husband and his younger brother slept upstairs.
The boy has also told investigators that he and McCallum had up to 300 sexual encounters and that until he was 15 years old, they had unprotected sex about every other day, in his kitchen and bedroom, and in the shower, living room and bedroom of her home in Rockland.
The boy has also told investigators McCallum provided him vodka, rum and Jell-O shots on about 150 occasions.
McCallum is currently free after posting $1,000 cash bond and has pleaded not guilty in both Rockland and Abington.
Reportedly McCallum was fired by the school system on Friday.
Three hundred times? Was the youth traumatized or bragging?
13 year's old and she supposedly had sex with him 300 times? In his dreams!! Where were these teachers when I was 13?
At least she didn’t pull a Pam Smart.
That doesn't seem to matter these days.
we don’t know who is telling the truth yet. The Woman has denied it and over 300 times sounds odd
Innocent men have died or lost everything they had because of a lying woman. Innocence doesn’t matter. Why should women be treated any different. A boy would never lie. We don’t need a trial. Get a rope. Stupidity rules.
It really doesn't. Just the accusation alone is enough to assume guilt, and act on the assumption. It's so wrong because the excuse is to "Protect The Child!"
It's amazing to see we as a nation allow the state to have this kind of authority to just nilly willy take a child from a parent on an accusation from anyone, and nothing else.
Who's to say this case wasn't headed in the same direction?
One more time with feeling. Video Here:http://wbztv.com/local/abington.teacher.sex.2.903899.html
He may have had sex with her 300 times in the last few years, but I wonder how many times she was actually in the room with him while this was happening.
The kid's 13, probably not a lot of time required....
He might not have even needed a picture.
>>Where were these teachers when I was 13?
Interesting question though; what if the teacher were a half-decent looking gay man who wanted to have sex with a
13 year old boy? Would that be OK...? Oh, he just wants to
introduce the boy to adulthood...?
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