Former Lakewood band director pleads guilty to child abuse, gets five years probation

Raphael McLean pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child abuse and was given five years probation.

Raphael McLean pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child abuse and was given five years probation.

ST. PETERSBURG — A former Lakewood High School band teacher has pleaded guilty to child abuse and received a sentence of five years probation.

Raphael McLean, 30, originally was charged with lewd or lascivious behavior after police accused him of groping a 15-year-old student in the band room after wrestling her to the ground. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge.

At about the same time McLean was accused in this case in 2010, he also was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a different 15-year-old girl. He went to trial on that case in 2012, but the jury could not reach a verdict. Although investigators later found McLean's semen in his band office, an adult guidance counselor testified it was because the two of them had sex there.

That case was later dropped after the victim moved out of state and refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

Former Lakewood band director pleads guilty to child abuse, gets five years probation 07/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:42am]

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