School guidance counselor accused of statutory rape

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – A North Attleboro Middle School guidance counselor and music teacher was fired after being arraigned Tuesday on multiple statutory rape charges.

Brian McBride, 31, is facing allegations he had sex with a female student and was ordered held on $30,000 bail.

In court, prosecutors said the parents of a teen girl told police about text messages that were sent between their daughter and McBride. Some of the messages allegedly stated that the two “needed to find alone time” and others said the student was “cute and sexy.” Prosecutors say McBride also sent a lewd video to that student.

Those messages led police to a second alleged victim, which led to rape charges.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, which refers to the student as Jane to protect her identity, “McBride has told Jane that he cares for her more than he cares for his wife, and Jane stated that she loves McBride.”

The report stated the two first had sex in the lower level of the Emerald Square Mall parking garage. The two also admitted to having sex at his home and to having intimate encounters at the middle school. The report goes on to say that “McBride stated his wife may have had an idea about the relationship, between him and Jane due to her finding a text message, but he was able to play it off.”

McBride and his wife have a 16-month-old child together, and he told officials they’ve been having marital problems.

According to a statement from the North Attleboro School District, McBride has been terminated and the school district is working closely with police during the investigation.

“Our hearts go out to the families involved and ask that everyone please respect their privacy. 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.”

Defense lawyers said those who know McBride consider him to be well respected.

The former middle school teacher’s wife, mother, stepfather, and friends were present in the courtroom Tuesday.

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