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Teacher charged with luring student into sexual relationship is placed on leave

April 25, 2011 |  7:53 am


A teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy has been placed on administrative leave as more details emerge in the case.

Mesa View Middle School teacher Gay Davidson-Shepard and her husband, Daniel Alma Shepard, are both charged with multiple felony counts, including oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person under 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Shepard is also accused of taking photographs of the sexual acts and asking the student to email him nude pictures of himself.

Prosecutors claim the pair invited the boy, a student at Westminster High, to their home starting in March 2009 to drink alcohol, eat, play board games and watch movies. The next month, Shepard and Davidson-Shepard allegedly began initiating sexual encounters with the boy in their hot tub, according to a statement by Westminster police and the Orange County district attorney's office.

The couple is accused of getting the student drunk before engaging in sexual acts. The student turned 18 in December 2009, and any alleged sexual conduct after that time cannot be criminally charged, the release said.

William V. Loose of the Ocean View School District said in a prepared statement that Gay Davidson-Shepard, who was arrested Wednesday in Huntington Beach, will not return to class when school resumes Monday after spring break.

Read the full story: Teacher placed on leave after arrest


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Photo: The suspects' mug shots. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)