‘Nightmare’ Mom Threw Secret Drunken Sex Parties for Young Teens, Encouraged Sex Attacks, DA Says
Santa Clara District Attorney's Office
A 47-year-old California woman allegedly married to a big Silicon Valley manager faces a string of charges after prosecutors say she lured 14- and 15-year-old high school students to alcohol-driven parties where she encouraged and looked at "sometimes non-consensual" sex acts.
The allegations against Shannon O'Connor, also known as Shannon Bruga, range from underage alcohol abuse to sexual assault. Santa Clara County attorneys say she left trail of victims over a period of several months.
At “drunk and devastating house parties” in 2020 and early 2021, O'Connor is said to “buy vodka and Fireball whiskey, provide condoms, and discourage teenagers from telling their parents about the parties or calling for help if one of them passed out ”. her own vomit, ”said a press release from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
In a case described by the public prosecutor's office, O'Connor is said to have "watched and laughed as a drunken teenager sexually beat a young girl in bed". In another case, prosecutors say they "took a drunk teenager to a bedroom in their home where a drunk 14-year-old girl was lying in bed," which resulted in the girl being attacked. The victim is said to have confronted her with the alleged structure and asked: “Why did you let me in with him? Why did you like to do that? As if you knew what he would do to me. "
O'Connor reportedly went to great lengths to keep the depraved scheme a secret and reportedly used Snapchat or text messaging often to convince teenagers to sneak out of their homes in the middle of the night to attend one of their "parties." . She also kept the gatherings under lock and key from her husband, Robert Amaral, chief revenue officer of cybersecurity firm SlashNext, according to The Mercury News.
The California-based parties are expected to last from June 2020 through May 2021. They weren't stopped until parents learned of a December 2020 incident in which a boy suffered a concussion, The Mercury News reported. In this case, also cited by prosecutors, O'Connor allegedly drove her son and friends to the Los Gatos High School parking lot, where she let at least one of them drive their SUV while her son and another friend persevered to the rear. One of the teenagers fell and was passed out after hitting his head in the ground. Court documents state that he later "spent the night vomiting and almost drowned in the tub because of his intoxication."
At least one mother of a Los Gatos High student reportedly raised the alarm about the drunken parties, but told her it was all off campus and was not in the hands of school officials.
O’Connor was arrested over the weekend in Eagle, Idaho, and sent to a local prison where she is threatened with extradition to California. Investigators said Tuesday night that O'Connor is suspected of continuing to throw similar alcohol-powered speeders at their Idaho home. Detectives allegedly found a dozen teenagers in their home when they arrived to arrest them on Saturday, NBC Bay Area reported.
She faces a long prison sentence for 39 crimes, including child abuse, sexual assault and the supply of alcohol to minors.
"It took many brave children to come forward and unravel this deeply troubling case," said Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County's district attorney. “As a parent, I'm shocked. As a prosecutor, I am determined to hold adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community. "
Along with the indictment against her, the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District issued a statement promising to “investigate any problems encountered on our campus and work closely with law enforcement agencies to assist their investigations into matters that take place outside of school ”.
There was no word from the prosecutor as to whether any of the teenagers could be charged in connection with the forced sexual acts.
"It's just so horrible what she did to my daughter and these other children," the mother of one of the girls allegedly harassed was quoted as saying by the Mercury News. “My heart breaks for these children. It was devastating. It's the worst nightmare for parents. "
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