Christine A. McCallum, a 29-year-old teacher from the Boston area, is accused of raping a 13-year-old boy. McCallum pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Massachusetts court Friday.
Christine McCallum: Relationship Questions
Police say Christine A. McCallum carried on an 18-month relationship with the teenager, local media outlets report. Prosecutors claim the relationship progressed after McCallum initially gave alcohol to the boy. Investigators believe the two first had sex in February of 2006. The teen told police they continued to do so “every other day,” totaling “approximately 300 times,” over the year-and-a-half period.
The two first met at a public library, where McCallum was tutoring the teen’s younger brother. McCallum taught at an elementary school in Abington. She began there in 2006, published reports indicate, and had most recently taught fifth grade. She was fired on Thursday, The Boston Globe discovered.
Christine McCallum is accused of giving the teenager a cell phone and communicating with him via “intimate” letters as well.
“There’s no question I will choose you over this job,” reads one of the letters said to be from McCallum, revealed during hearings on Friday. “That’s a very easy decision.”
Christine A. McCallum’s Story
McCallum’s official charges are seven counts of statutory rape. She was released after entering her plea Friday but is required to wear a GPS monitoring device.
McCallum insists she is innocent and that there is no evidence of any sexual relationship. Even the letters, her attorneys say, demonstrate only a “surrogate mother” type of relationship. The boy was reportedly being raised by a single father.
McCallum has been married for five years.
Christine McCallum Pictures
The following Christine McCallum pictures are images taken from her court appearance Friday.
Christine McCallum Video
The following Christine McCallum video shows the teacher during her court appearance Friday.