RPA Leader Arrested in Albany, Back in Jail
Charges Detailed Involving Michael Bremont
Less than a week after his arrest on sex abuse and related charges, the director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy was arrested in Albany and returned to the Deschutes County Jail, held on $500,000 bail and accused of violating his release conditions. He was arraigned Friday, as details of the allegations came to light in court documents.
Scott Reed, Bremont's brother-in-law and a former colleague who is principal at Taft High School in Lincoln City, posted the roughly $3,000 (10 percent of $30,500) bail for the release last weekend of Michael Bremont, 39, who was arrested last Saturday on 11 charges involving alleged unlawful sexual contact with a student. He was to remain free on bail pending a March 16 arraignment and was placed on paid administrative leave by the school.
Redmond police Lt. Nathan Garibay said Bremont was arrested without incident Thursday in Albany by Redmond and Oregon State Police on a new arrest warrant alleging he violated conditions of his release..
His earlier release agreement required that he reside at his Redmond home, remain in the state and not contact the alleged victim, but court documents did not indicate which he had allegedly violate.
Bremont was booked back into the Bend jail Thursday afternoon, with the significantly higher bail. He or someone would need to post $50,000, the 10 percent, for his release.
He was quickly arraigned Friday afternoon by video hookup from the jail, with a release hearing set for next Wednesday.
Despite the accusation that he sexually abused one of his students, Bremont is still collecting a paycheck.
"All the charges at this point are all accusations at this point, and Michael is innocent until proven guilty. He's entitled to a fair process through the system, just like anyone else accused of a crime," RPA School Board Chair Patrick MacKelvie said Friday.
Charging documents filed by the district attorney?s office show he now faces nine charges involving alleged sexual abuse in different locations between Oct. 1, 2009 and Sept. 6, 2010. RPA, a charter school overseen by the Redmond School District, opened in the fall of 2009.
The court records describe the alleged victim as under 16 at the time of the alleged sodomy and ?deviate sexual intercourse,? which allegedly occurred in a motor home. The other counts allege contact with the victim?s sexual areas in other locations, including a computer server room and office.
A grand jury will decide on formal charges, but the DA?s initial filing, called an ?information,? lists one count each of third-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse, both Class C felonies, prosecutors said. He also faces five counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree attempted rape, both Class A misdemeanors ? and now, one count of contempt of court, stemming from the alleged violation of his release conditions.
Meanwhile, an Internet search reveals a investigation into Reed's conduct with his own students at Central Linn High School in Albany, where he was a teacher and football coach and where Bremont served as principal.
This article from 2005 shows Reed was reprimanded for licking several students' bleeding wounds. Reed was placed on two years probation.
Linn County Sheriff's deputies called Reed's behavior "bizarre" but not criminal. The same cannot be said for what Bremont is accused of.
He faces two felony and seven misdemeanor charges that after a week are still a shock to his co-workers.
"You never anticipate being in a position even remotely close to this," said MacKelvie.
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