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.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.
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.
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