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Neighbors: Teacher seemed like wholesome family woman Educator, 29, accused of seducing 13-year-old
Boston Herald ^ | January 10, 2009 | Jessica Fargen

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 McCallum’s 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 Mara’s 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 McCallum’s 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 boy’s father found out, police say.

“I’m 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 didn’t want to be identified. “It’s too sensitive for me to comment.”

McCallum denies the charges. Her attorney says she was a surrogate mother because the boy’s 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 he’s not shocked. He said McCallum went beyond the role of teacher, even inviting the boys over for sleepovers. “People aren’t that kind,” said Mike, who wouldn’t 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.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: education; pedophiles; predators; publiceducation; sexabuse; shools; teachers
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1 posted on 01/11/2009 3:40:12 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites
The boy told police he had sex with McCallum more than 300 times

The husband, Scott, couldn't have been too bright.


2 posted on 01/11/2009 3:45:41 AM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: billorites
People aren’t that kind

Such is life in early 21st century America.

3 posted on 01/11/2009 3:47:54 AM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: billorites
From Badbadteacher.com

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?

4 posted on 01/11/2009 3:53:32 AM PST by csvset
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To: SouthDixie
I hope the kid doesn't grow up thinking he'll have sex with his wife three hundred times. :0
5 posted on 01/11/2009 3:55:48 AM PST by csvset
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To: billorites
What I find disturbing as all get out is she's been ordered to stay away from children, but hasn't even been found guilty of anything. It's just an accusation at this point. The state has way too much power in these cases.

13 year's old and she supposedly had sex with him 300 times? In his dreams!! Where were these teachers when I was 13?

6 posted on 01/11/2009 3:59:20 AM PST by sirchtruth (Gravity Of The Situation...)
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To: billorites
There are Nazis buried under banana trees in South America not as guilty as that.
7 posted on 01/11/2009 4:02:25 AM PST by BigCinBigD ('When a man believes that any stick will do, he at once picks up a boomerang,')
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To: billorites

At least she didn’t pull a Pam Smart.


8 posted on 01/11/2009 4:02:46 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: sirchtruth
hasn't even been found guilty of anything. It's just an accusation at this point.

That doesn't seem to matter these days.

9 posted on 01/11/2009 4:03:34 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

we don’t know who is telling the truth yet. The Woman has denied it and over 300 times sounds odd


10 posted on 01/11/2009 4:07:40 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: Gondring

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.


11 posted on 01/11/2009 4:19:08 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: Gondring
That doesn't seem to matter these days.

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.

12 posted on 01/11/2009 4:20:26 AM PST by sirchtruth (Gravity Of The Situation...)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Pam Smart succeeded in getting a kid to kill her cuckolded husband: at least she's still in jail for it.

Who's to say this case wasn't headed in the same direction?

13 posted on 01/11/2009 4:20:35 AM PST by Does so (Your Honor, there is too much evidence against my client for him to get a fair trial.)
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To: billorites

Video here:http://www.altavista.com/web/results?q=Christine+McCallum%2C+29&sourceid=mozilla-search


14 posted on 01/11/2009 4:22:06 AM PST by WildcatClan (Obama is to the Presidency as Basquiat is to art.)
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To: WildcatClan

One more time with feeling. Video Here:http://wbztv.com/local/abington.teacher.sex.2.903899.html


15 posted on 01/11/2009 4:23:27 AM PST by WildcatClan (Obama is to the Presidency as Basquiat is to art.)
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To: csvset
Three hundred times? Was the youth traumatized or bragging?

Or fantasizing.

16 posted on 01/11/2009 4:38:20 AM PST by elli1
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To: sirchtruth

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.


17 posted on 01/11/2009 4:39:23 AM PST by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: billorites
would find time to have an affair

The kid's 13, probably not a lot of time required....

18 posted on 01/11/2009 4:50:40 AM PST by Feckless (No Birth Certificate... No Peace)
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To: Bernard

ROFLMAO!
He might not have even needed a picture.


19 posted on 01/11/2009 5:14:08 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: sirchtruth

>>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...?


20 posted on 01/11/2009 5:17:37 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: billorites

21 posted on 01/11/2009 5:19:36 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: raccoonradio

Excellent point. Those making light of this are really not considering the consequences. Also, what if it were a straight man seducing someone’s daughter? Would people be thinking it was amusing then?

The woman needs to at least spend the better part of a few lifetimes in a prison. Sickening.


22 posted on 01/11/2009 5:24:26 AM PST by ToGodBeTheGlory (All our promises and resolutions end in denial because we have no power to accomplish them.)
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To: csvset
Three hundred times? Was the youth traumatized or bragging?

Or is it possible for just this once, that the boy is lying and the woman is innocent?

23 posted on 01/11/2009 5:27:22 AM PST by airborne (My intention is to force radical debate. Islam, in it's current form,can not be allowed to persist)
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To: airborne
Perhaps they're both lying.

Any cellphone records? Pictures? If there were 300 sexual encounters, I'd suspect that there would be ample electronic evidence. That's the way young folks are. E-mails, IM's ,digital photos, blogs, facebook, etc.

Perhaps there's a stained blue dress?

During the trial the defense will be able to question any evidence the prosecution brings. Is it all hearsay? Is that what you contend?

24 posted on 01/11/2009 5:38:54 AM PST by csvset
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To: billorites

Any word of her husband divorcing her yet?


25 posted on 01/11/2009 5:43:44 AM PST by proudofthesouth (In spite of what's going on in the world, God is still in control.)
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To: raccoonradio

I would put the age of consent at 14 for boys and girls. They should be able to get married at 15.


26 posted on 01/11/2009 5:50:18 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Mark was here

In what world?


27 posted on 01/11/2009 5:52:34 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: csvset
I just find it curious that even here on FreeRepublic most seem to automatically assume she's guilty.

Unless she's hot, and then it's a bunch of “not guilty” jokes and “where were the hot teachers when I was in school” comments.

I'm contending that there seems to be more to this story than meets the eye.I'm contending that she's presumed to be innocent.

Sorry to be a bummer. I know everyone comes to these threads to check out the teacher, to pass judgment and see if she's a hottie.

28 posted on 01/11/2009 6:00:40 AM PST by airborne (My intention is to force radical debate. Islam, in it's current form,can not be allowed to persist)
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To: airborne
Of course she's presumed innocent.

I recall another person accused of infidelity.

He vehemently denied it.

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.

29 posted on 01/11/2009 6:14:41 AM PST by csvset
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To: billorites
Neighbors of a suburban schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a 13-year-old boy...

Face it. 13 year old boys are not seduced, they are acquiesced

30 posted on 01/11/2009 6:18:17 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: raccoonradio

“what if the teacher were a half-decent looking gay man who wanted to have sex with a 13 year old boy?”

Hey Raccoon, did you know that in Massachusetts (with a judge’s consent) it is legal for that 13 year old to marry that “decent looking gay man”.


31 posted on 01/11/2009 6:20:09 AM PST by Sparky1776
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To: csvset

“Perhaps there’s a stained blue dress?”

The police actually removed the carpet from the home for testing, not sure if she was arrested before or after it was tested.


32 posted on 01/11/2009 6:23:39 AM PST by Sparky1776
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To: Popman

I just keep recalling that my Grandmother got married when she was 15. She is 87 and Grandpa passed away around 10 years ago. Their marriage worked out just fine.


33 posted on 01/11/2009 6:27:15 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Popman
In what world?

That little one out in West Texas ...


34 posted on 01/11/2009 6:34:00 AM PST by tx_eggman (I own two rare photos. Houdini as he locks his keys in his car and Norman Rockwell beating a child.)
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To: airborne
I just threw the comment about Facebook, MySpace, etc., out there knowing how "youngsters" go in for that sort of stuff.

Lo and behold, from the Boston Globe's story ,

South Shore teacher accused of statutory rape

{snip}

In a message sent to the boy from her MySpace page, McCallum wrote: "It's hard to be in love with you and set boundaries for you. It's hard to kiss you and tell you no."

The boys father saw this back in '06.

{snip}

The boy's father discovered the letters in 2006 and was disturbed but did not think that McCallum and her son had a sexual relationship, according to Chief John Llewellyn of the Rockland Police Department.

"He couldn't comprehend that this person was a predator," Llewellyn said.

35 posted on 01/11/2009 6:49:32 AM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
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.

That's the comment that really bothers me most.

This whole relationship with the teacher, husband, divorced dad and his kids.... bizarre!

Is it any wonder the world is spiraling out of control?

36 posted on 01/11/2009 7:00:17 AM PST by airborne (My intention is to force radical debate. Islam, in it's current form,can not be allowed to persist)
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To: Popman

In Canada eh


37 posted on 01/11/2009 7:02:40 AM PST by JNL
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To: airborne
This whole relationship with the teacher, husband, divorced dad and his kids.... bizarre!

No, we are supposed to accept these constructs as families.

38 posted on 01/11/2009 7:05:43 AM PST by riri
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To: airborne
How about the boy's father reading that message and not thinking anything of it?

Strange too how she had the "boys" over for sleepovers?

I'd have to question the lady.

You're 29. Why are you interested in having my teenage son sleep over at your house ?

That's a question any parent should ask.

39 posted on 01/11/2009 7:09:11 AM PST by csvset
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To: Mark was here
...my Grandmother got married when she was 15. She is 87...

She married 72 years ago. The world was vastly different back then. BTW, God bless her

Today it is pretty much asking 15 years to marry, if they even get married, is just about condemning them to a divorce, child(ren) on welfare and dysfunction

In today's culture of coddling, entitlement and immaturity some twenty somethings aren't ready for marriage, heck they can't even handle a normal relationship let alone a commitment like a lifetime of marriage

40 posted on 01/11/2009 7:11:24 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: tx_eggman
That little one out in West Texas ...

Well, that's true, they are no longer in business anymore. At least not in Texas

41 posted on 01/11/2009 7:13:17 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: JNL
I would put the age of consent at 14 for boys and girls. They should be able to get married at 15.

In Canada eh

Really? I'm sort of shocked

42 posted on 01/11/2009 7:15:45 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: seemoAR; sirchtruth
...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. ...

We live in a "kid centric" society. Kids are always right and adults are always wrong. Don't believe me, just turn on the TV.

43 posted on 01/11/2009 7:18:39 AM PST by FReepaholic (Diversity = .45 .357 .223 .38 ...)
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To: csvset
I did notice that this is in Massachusetts.

I suppose this type of behavior is considered “normal” by their “Standards”.

44 posted on 01/11/2009 9:10:12 AM PST by airborne (My intention is to force radical debate. Islam, in it's current form,can not be allowed to persist)
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To: Popman
"In Canada eh"

Actually, 14 years is not that uncommon an age of consent around the world and may even apply in some U.S. states.

The crucial element, at least in Canada and probably other jurisdictions as well, is that the perpetrator, ...er, I mean older "friend," not have any undue power or influence over the younger. Thus, a guardian, teacher, counselor, supervisor, etc. would still be considered as performing a crime. A total stranger of the same age met on the street, perhaps not.

45 posted on 01/11/2009 9:43:23 AM PST by billorites
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To: Popman

Age of consent = 14 in Canada well it did my mistake.

Originally:

The Criminal Code does not now criminalize consensual sexual activity with or between persons 14 or over, unless it takes place in a relationship of trust or dependency, in which case sexual activity with persons over 14 but under 18 can constitute an offence, notwithstanding their consent. Even consensual activity with those under 14 but over 12 may not be an offence if the accused is under 16 and less than two years older than the complainant. The exception, of course, is anal intercourse, to which unmarried persons under 18 cannot legally consent, although both the Ontario Court of Appeal(3) and the Quebec Court of Appeal(4) have struck down the relevant section of the Criminal Code.

But....I’m mistaken:

It is now illegal for adults in Canada to have sex with a partner under the age of 16, one of the new provisions of the Tories’ violent crime law that came into effect on Thursday.

The Tackling Violent Crime Act raises the legal age of sexual consent in Canada to 16 from 14, the first time it has been raised since 1892.

Yay Harper!


46 posted on 01/11/2009 10:16:59 AM PST by JNL
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To: JNL

But do you notice that the original law states that:

The exception, of course, is anal intercourse, to which unmarried persons under 18 cannot legally consent

Like it’s a no-brainer....take that rainbow coalition LOL


47 posted on 01/11/2009 10:19:25 AM PST by JNL
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To: The Bat Man
"Not guilty"

Huh?! You must have a "naughty bookworm" fetish. :)

49 posted on 01/11/2009 10:42:35 AM PST by LiberConservative
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