LOS GATOS, Calif. (KRON) — A mom is accused of throwing teen intercourse events in her Los Gatos mansion, the place she allegedly pressured underage youngsters to binge drink and inspired boys to have each consensual and non-consensual intercourse with ladies.
Now investigators stated they believe Shannon Marie O’Connor, 47, could have victimized much more teenagers than initially discovered.
The Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Workplace stated a number of Los Gatos Excessive Faculty college students went to O’Connor’s distributing intercourse events between June of 2020 and Could 2021.
O’Connor has two sons, ages 13 and 15. When police started investigating her this summer season, she moved together with her sons to Ada County in Idaho.
Regulation enforcement in Idaho is now involved that O’Connor continued throwing events for teenagers in her new residence, and there could also be extra victims who haven’t come ahead.
Ada County Sheriff’s detectives stated after they went to O’Connor’s residence to arrest her final weekend, there have been 12 underage teenagers together with her who had slept over the night time earlier than.
Detectives decided her sons have been in imminent hazard and positioned them underneath the custody of the Idaho Division of Well being and Welfare.
Regulation enforcement first started to research O’Connor after a boy was injured falling from her SUV in Los Gatos Excessive Faculty’s parking zone. The boy suffered a concussion and a dad or mum reported it to police. Investigators started speaking to ladies, between 13-15 years outdated, who described being sexually assaulted at O’Connor’s events.
Santa Clara County District Lawyer Jeff Rosen stated, “It took a whole lot of courageous kids to return ahead and to untangle this deeply disturbing case.”
Rosen stated O’Connor shall be prosecuted for felony youngster endangerment. “As a dad or mum, I’m shocked. Because the DA, I’m decided to carry adults who endanger kids totally accountable to the regulation and our neighborhood,” Rosen stated.
Principal Kevin Buchanan declined to remark for this story.
This case is sadly one in every of many intercourse scandals involving Los Gatos Excessive- Colleges. College students and former college students say there’s a main downside inside the tradition on campus.
College students launched a #MeToo motion Instagram web page final 12 months so teenagers might have a secure area to report their traumatic experiences.
Ultimately 12 months’s commencement ceremony, college students advised KRON4 they have been upset that boys accused of rape have been allowed to attend promenade and stroll within the commencement.
One of many faculty’s Corridor Of Fame athletes, Heather Hennessy, filed a lawsuit earlier this 12 months accusing directors of not defending her from a predatory coach when she was a pupil at Los Gatos Excessive.
District Lawyer investigator Christina Hanks wrote that O’Connor went to nice lengths to maintain her events secret from different mother and father, regulation enforcement, and her personal husband. She would solely throw events when she knew her husband wouldn’t be residence and forbid teenagers from telling their mother and father that alcohol was supplied at gatherings, Hanks wrote.
She communicated with college students via Snapchat.
The mother supplied obscene quantities of alcohol that brought on many teenagers to cross out in their very own vomit and blackout inside her $4-million Los Gatos mansion, Hanks wrote. O’Connor additionally organized events for teenagers in trip properties she rented in Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe.
“When these minors have been extraordinarily intoxicated from alcohol, she inspired them to interact in sexual exercise with one another, facilitated sexual encounters, and watched a few of these sexual encounters,” Hanks wrote.
At one celebration, investigators stated O’Connor gave a boy a condom and pushed him right into a bed room the place a woman was slipping out and in of consciousness. The lady was so scared that she locked herself in a rest room to get away from the boy. One other lady stated she cried as she was sexually assaulted by a boy and O’Connor reacted by laughing.
Among the sexual encounters between teenagers occurred in O’Connor’s scorching tube whereas the mother was additionally within the scorching tube. One 14-year-old lady stated she virtually drowned as a result of she was dangerously intoxicated. O’Connor was all the time the one grownup current on the events, Hanks wrote.
Investigators stated that the mother was conscious that what she was doing was unlawful.
“(O’Connor) advised all minors who attended events at her residence or got alcohol to not inform anybody in regards to the events. She said if anybody was advised she might go to jail,” Hanks wrote.
“(O’Connor) believed Jane Doe 5 (age 14) was breaking this rule she imposed. In consequence, (O’Connor) threatened to unfold rumors about Jane Doe 5. Because of (O’Connor’s) threats, Jane Doe 5 suffered psychological and emotional turmoil. She had panic assaults, and needed to sleep in her mother and father’ room,” Hanks wrote.
Ada County detectives are involved that O’Connor, who additionally goes by the final title Burga, threw extra teen intercourse events in Idaho.
On Friday, the mother remained behind bars within the Ada County Jail. She shall be extradited again to Santa Clara County subsequent week and arraigned on 39 legal costs. These costs embrace 12 felony counts of kid endangerment.
The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union Excessive Faculty District launched the next assertion to KRON4: “Scholar security is a high precedence for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union Excessive Faculty District. We work with our mother and father, employees, and neighborhood to advertise constructive behaviors and good decision-making amongst our pupil inhabitants and to teach our college students, mother and father, and employees on points associated to substance use. We actively examine any points that come up on our campuses and work intently with regulation enforcement to assist their investigation into issues that happen exterior of faculty. It is very important word that we take the subject of underage consuming very significantly and work repeatedly to advertise consciousness and dialogue in our school rooms and our neighborhood. Moreover, mother and father and households additionally play an important function in setting clear expectations for the conduct of our younger individuals and in monitoring their actions. Solely collectively can we successfully deal with social points equivalent to substance abuse.”