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Hearing postponed for former teachers accused of sex with minor

September 1, 2011 |  8:27 am

Teacher charged with sexual relations with minor

A pretrial hearing for two former teachers charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been postponed.

Daniel Shepard, who taught at Westminster High School, and his wife, Gay Davidson-Shepard, who retired this spring from Mesa View Middle School, appeared at the West Justice Center in Westminster for a scheduled hearing, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

Attorney John Drummond Barnett, who represents Davidson-Shepard, asked for the postponement on both defendants' behalf.

"We're still doing investigating and getting police reports," Barnett said outside the courtroom.

The couple, who have pleaded not guilty, are charged with oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Shepard is also charged with possession and control of child pornography.

He faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison, Davidson-Shepard a maximum of eight years and four months.

The hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 27.


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Photo: Gay Davidson-Shepard. Credit: Times Community News