Christine McCallum was released from her job teaching fifth grade at a Massacussetts elementary school Friday after she was arrested Thursday night for allegedly carrying on a three-year affair with a teenage boy.
Christine McCallum (From her Facebook.com page)
The boy, who was 13 when the affair began, told investigators that he and McCallum had had sex about every other day for the past three years. McCallum and her husband have been renting a property to the boy, his father, and his younger brother, who McCallum once tutored.
The alleged victim's father went to authorities after finding letters the teacher had written to his son.
McCallum has plead not guilty to the charges and her attorney, Frederick McDermott, says there is no evidence she ever had sex with the boy. McDermott said McCallum acted as the boy's surrogate mother, but ended that relationship after she caught him stealing liquor from her cabinets.
McCallum taught in Abington, Mass., at Woodsdale Elementary. The superintendent for the school district, Peter Schafer, issued a brief statement Friday.
"Mrs. McCallum is no longer a teacher in the Abington Public Schools. We are aware and deeply concerned about the disturbing allegations against her, and we will be fully cooperating with the authorities. The results of the inquiry will answer all of the needed questions. Our primary concern is the well being of our students."