North Attleborough guidance counselor accused of having sex with student

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A North Attleborough Middle School guidance counselor is facing statutory rape charges amid allegations that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Brian McBride, 31, was arraigned Tuesday on charges filed by both Attleboro and North Attleborough police, reports the Attleboro Sun.

McBride is accused of having sex with the teen at the middle school, inside his car, and at his home. Police tell the newspaper the alleged incidents happened over several months last summer and were first reported to police on May 24.

The father of the alleged victim interrupted the arraignment, and at one point shouted "Look at me!" at McBride, causing him to be escorted out of the courtroom.

North Attleborough police say they learned of the relationship between McBride and the teen while investigating inappropriate texts they claim the 31-year-old sent to another former student.

Investigators say McBride was the girl's chorus teacher until he became a guidance counselor at the school in January. She also took private voice lessons at McBride's home.

In one instance, prosecutors allege that after McBride picked the teen up in his car, with his 1-year-old toddler in the back seat, they drove to his house, where he had sex with the girl in his bedroom.

According to a police report, McBride sent another student inappropriate texts. Police allege that McBride also stated that what he knew was doing was wrong, but that he was having marital problems and couldn't resist the attention he felt he was getting from his students.

McBride was held on $30,000 bail.

A neighbor and former student of McBride's, Nikki DeBronzo, said she was shocked to hear the news.

"He really didn't seem like that kind of person at all," she said.

Superintendent Suzan B. Cullen said the school district was recently notified of the allegations by police. The school has fired McBride and is working with police in their investigation.

"We are putting supports in place for students, faculty, and our families. Our primary responsibility is to assist students to resume their educational focus and to facilitate the healing process," reads a statement from Cullen in-part.