SAN FRANCISCO (TUSEN SF) – Shannon O’Connor, the woman jailed after police said she held sex parties for drunken teens at her Los Gatos home as well as residences in Santa Cruz and area of Lake Tahoe, is also suspected of having organized similar parties. in Idaho where she was arrested last weekend.
O’Connor, 47, also known as Shannon Bruga, was arrested Saturday in Star, Idaho, northeast of Boise, where she and her two teenage sons moved earlier this year. She is currently facing 39 counts, including endangering children, sexual assault, annoying or assaulting a child, and providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. .
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At parties organized by O’Connor between June 2020 and May this year, she allegedly provided condoms to 14 and 15 year olds and encouraged sexual acts, “sometimes non-consensual, and sometimes while she was watching”, according to a newspaper. release of the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. A statement of facts filed in the case said it “discouraged teens from telling their parents about the holidays or calling for help when one of them passed out in his own vomit” .
At a party at her home, O’Connor allegedly gave a condom to an underage teenager and pushed him into a room with a drunk underage boy. According to court documents, at a New Year’s party at her home with around five 14-year-old teens, the accused watched and laughed as a drunk teenager sexually assaulted a young girl in bed. In some cases, O’Connor would snap Snapchat or text teens to leave their homes in the middle of the night and drink at her house, providing the alcohol.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that lawmakers were investigating O’Connor after a contacted Idaho family reported that O’Connor was harassing them. The family told investigators the harassment began after they met O’Connor while she was looking for a home in Idaho, but then tried to sever ties with her after finding out she was part of a investigation of sexual abuse.
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The investigation was underway when the arrest warrant for O’Connor was issued in Santa Clara County. When detectives arrived at her home in Star on Saturday morning, they discovered “that there were 10 underage boys and two girls at her house – most of whom spent the night there,” according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. . Investigators contacted the parents of these teenagers before releasing them.
In a court hearing on Wednesday, O’Connor said she intended to post a $ 900,000 bond attached to the California arrest warrant. Her two teenage sons were placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare after the sheriff’s office deemed they were in “imminent danger,” the statement said.
Additionally, O’Connor faces criminal fraud charges in a separate case for making over $ 120,000 in unauthorized charges on a corporate card she received as an administrative assistant for Aruba Networks. .
“What I see here is just the tip of this investigation,” legal analyst and former prosecutor Steven Clark told KPIX 5. “I think you might see even more serious charges against Ms. O’Connor as this case progresses, particularly if minors were sexually assaulted.
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Clark said. “I think you might see even more serious charges against Ms O’Connor as this case progresses, particularly if minors were sexually assaulted.”