Saturday, April 23, 2011

Married Teachers Accused of Sexual Assault on Teens

What a lovely couple.
Two married California teachers accused of seducing a teenage boy, plying him with alcohol and molesting him apparently had other victims, too, several of whom have recently come forward, according to prosecutors.

Daniel Shepard, 62, a high school teacher, and his wife, Gay Davidson-Shepard, who teaches middle school, were charged Thursday with multiple sexual abuse and child pornopgraphy felonies. According to prosecutors, they began "grooming" the 17-year-old boy two years ago.

They invited him into their home, gave him presents and allowed him to play video games before they first sexually abused him in April 2009, in the Jacuzzi at their Orange County, Calif., home.

"This is typical of some sex offenders," said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney.

"There's a grooming period," she said, "where the victim is invited into the home and given things he wouldn't have access to. They gave him alcohol and made him feel that he could get things there he didn't have at home. It's like the island in Pinocchio, the victim felt loved, but really, the Shepards were grooming him for abuse."

Daniel Shepard met the teenager, identified in court documents as John Doe, while he was a student at Westminster High School, where Shepard taught science.

Both defendants posted $150,000 bail. They were not arraigned and are scheduled to appear in court for the first time May 19.

The couple is accused of various forms of sexual contact with the boy -- who started making weekly visits to the Shepards' home in 2009 -- both alone and in tandem.
The lovely Mrs. Shepard was formerly president of the Huntington Beach teacher's union. Read the comment at that link and you'll see these two have allegedly been at it for quite some time.


NeoKong said...

A couple of preists molest some kids and all priests are labeled child molesters.
School teachers molest kids in numbers that dwarf what priests were doing and it is always an isolated incident.

rich b said...

Even with all the raging hormones I had at the age of seventeen, I don't think there was enough alcohol on Earth to get me loaded enough to submit to those two creeps. And I drank Everclear, Yukon Jack and Bacardi 151, along with a host of other "spirits" and "things" as a young man. Thank you Lord for letting me survive my late teens and early twenties.

There isn't a drug or chemical made that would ever make those two losers look good enough to .... I can't even imagine it. Ughhh!

Toejam said...

rich b,

You still got your original liver?

rich b said...

As far as I know. I don't think anybody snuck in a transplant when I wasn't looking. I'm not turning yellow so I don't think it's damaged with cirrosis.

I can't say how many brain cells I killed over the years. Who knows, I may have been a rocket scientist instead of an auto mechanic if I hadn't abused so many substances in my younger days. I was/am a child of the sixties after all.

There's a song in rotation on CMT called alcohol that reminds me of me. I think it's sung by Kenny Chesney or one of the younger singers. Not sure.