By Scott Hammers

The Bulletin

Former Redmond educator Michael Bremont declined to enter a plea to new allegations of sexual abuse against him Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Bremont, 44, was arrested in early December by Redmond Police after a former student at the Redmond Proficiency Academy reported a sexual relationship with Bremont that began in 2009, when she was a 17-year-old high school senior and Bremont was the 36-year-old principal of the school.

In 2012, Bremont was arrested and convicted on charges of sexual abuse stemming from two previous sexual relationships with underage students.

One involved an RPA student who was 15 when their relationship began, the other a student at Central Linn High School in Halsey, where Bremont was principal from 2005-06.

Bremont entered an Alford Plea to the charges against him in 2012, not admitting criminal conduct while conceding the state had sufficient evidence to find him guilty. He served 14 months of a 21-month prison sentence.

In court Tuesday, Bremont appeared by video feed from the Deschutes County Jail. He did not speak, and instead allowed attorney Matthew Lee Baughman to argue for delaying the plea hearing. Bremont’s entry of plea hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 17.

Bremont is facing 10 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, each charge a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He has been held at the Deschutes County Jail since his arrest Dec. 8.

Bremont helped create the Redmond Proficiency Academy for the Redmond School District, and served as principal of the charter school from its opening in 2009 until his arrest in early 2012. Previously, he served as an assistant principal at Redmond High School starting in 2007.

— Reporter: 541-383-0387, shammers@bendbulletin.com

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