Erin McLean E-mails Attorney

Knoxville (WVLT) - An attorney who represents the woman at the center of a deadly love triangle who disappeared over a week ago says she has been in contact with his client.

WVLT's Lauren Davis has been following the story.

Nashville attorney Gary Blackburn says Erin McLean e-mailed him and says she and her eight year-old and eleven year-old sons are out of state, safe, and she has enrolled the boys in school.

This comes as Erin's husband, Eric McLean, announced he wants his children removed from his wife' custody.

"Eric loves these children. They're his life and he's scared something could happen to them," says Bruce Poston, Eric McLean's criminal attorney.

Poston expected an emergency custody order to be filed by Eric's family to remove the children.

"We have a mother who tried to commit suicide and has been in a mental health facility, who has no assets and took them out of school," says Poston.

A motion was not filed Monday, which Poston says surprises him.

Volunteer TV spoke to Erin's attorney by phone and he said he has heard from Erin.

"I received an e-mail from her. 'Gone to friends out of state, enrolled boys in school.' And her hope is to find a keep a job without the harassment she's been receiving," says Attorney Gary Blackburn.

Eric McLean is charged with the shooting and killing of Sean Powell in March.

Prosecutors believe Erin McLean was having an affair with 18 year-old Powell while she was student teaching at West High School.

Erin was fired from a teaching job in middle Tennessee this month for "inappropriate contact" with a student.

Her husband's lawyer says she checked herself out of a mental institution on September 15, telling her family she was taking her children with her to California to visit a man she met on the internet.

"She's tried to maintain dignity by declining interviews, but the defense continues to seek out cameras," says Blackburn.

At this time, Erin is not facing any criminal charges.

Erin has legal custody of the children.

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  • by Mike De Angelo Location: PA on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    a woman that manipulates several young teen-agers and a husband thats loves her and his family dearly!!!this is a true and horrific travisty that i am appalled to even be intrested in ..but you know i am .. I am just hoping and praying for the day ERIN is suppenoed to show up in court to tell the world how she abused and manipulated her own husband and family to allow this disaster to happen.This a second master degree school teacher we are talkin about that has used her ability of sex to destroy many lives and a decent father and husband that just unfortunatley lost any jugemant other than the fact of his love for his family and his wife he was an intruder like he said!!!!an intruder brought into his life by ERIN NOT ERIC by any means!i truly do not believe in killing as a means of closure other than the fact that ERIC AIMED and FIRED at the wrong GENDER!JUST MY THOUGHTS!!!HOPES AND PRAYERS TO EVERY ONE INVOLVED ESPESCIALLY TO ERIC AND THE CHILDREN HE DESRERVES TO HAVE!!!!!!
  • by SL Patt Location: Knoxville on Sep 5, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    The fact that she has been fired from two teaching positions for the same offense says she hasn't repented nor refrained from relationships with underage boys. She also has been in institutions for what ever reasons and has now left, only to do the same as she probablly was being treated for, only leads me to believe that the boys are being subjected to a life with and unstable,compulsive,whimsical woman. They haven't deterred her life style in the least. They do not seem to be in a safe and loving enviornment. They seemed to be traveling with a woman, not a Mom, who considers their welfare above her desires and therefore, enrolled or not, who is there for them when they need love and attention. Especially if it happens she has met yet another "Romeo" that particular day? I am praying for the boys and their safety. Why must innocent children so often suffer through the phychotic world they are thrown into??? May God help them.
  • by Crime Fighters Location: Norris on Sep 24, 2007 at 06:02 PM
    Thank you Food City and Knoxville Police for a job well done!
  • by Retired Teachers Location: Lake City, TN 37769 on Sep 24, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    My heart goes out to Eric. He is the victim. Erin falunted her young lover in his face. The boy even parked outside their home. Erin is not fit to be around any children. She should have to serve Eric's term as she drove him to the point of insanity. She is not fit to be around school children nor her own. This is all her fault and she should pay the price.
  • by amc Location: Strawberry Plains on Sep 24, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    Mis-characterization my a**. Any teacher that would have an affair with their student deserves to be punished including Erin McLean. She is one sick individual not mis-characterized.(If that's even a word)


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