SANTA ANA, Calif. (CBS/KCAL/AP) Carlie Rose Attebury, a former California high school band instructor, testified Wednesday that she did not have sex with an underage student.
The 31-year-old told jurors in her trial for felony sexual misconduct that she was not sexually interested in the boy, who was 15 when the alleged encounters began, the Orange County Register reported.
Attebury said that she hugged the boy as she did any other "band kid," but it was never sexual.
She said she was very close to her students, and so involved in the lives of her marching band students that she went to their other extracurricular activities and took to calling them "my kids."
The former student, now 18, has testified that he and Attebury kissed on the night of El Modena High School's homecoming in 2007, and eventually had sex several times at the teacher's house after she moved near him.
Lead prosecutor Katherine David said in her opening statements that Attebury "treated this student as if they were in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship."
Attebury denied the allegations, and said she did not even realize she was moving near the boy until she had already relocated.
Attebury admitted sexual encounters with two former band students at parties she called "kick-backs" at her apartment, but said both were 18.
Attebury faces seven felony counts that include unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor younger than 16, and dissuading a witness from a crime.
The last charge stemmed from calls Attebury made to the boy after her arrest, in which she asked him to change his story, prosecutors alleged.