SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Shannon O’Connor, the woman jailed after police say she held drunken teen sex parties at her Los Gatos home as well as at homes in the Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe area, is also suspected of to host similar parties in Idaho, where she was arrested last weekend.
The 47-year-old O’Connor, also known as Shannon Bruga, was arrested Saturday in Star, Idaho, northeast of Boise, where she and her two teenage sons moved to earlier in the year. She currently faces 39 charges including serious danger to children, sexual battery, nuisance or abuse of a child and the supply of alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.
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During parties O’Connor hosted between June 2020 and May this year, she allegedly gave condoms to 14- and 15-year-olds and encouraged sexual acts, “sometimes without consent, and sometimes while she was watching” according to a news release from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. Statement of facts filed in the case, she said she “discouraged teens from telling their parents about the parties or calling for help when one of them got stuck in their own vomit.”
Ada County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Deputies investigated O’Connor after an Idaho family contacted reported that O’Connor was harassing them. The family told investigators the harassment began after they met with O’Connor as she searched for a home in Idaho, but then tried to sever ties with her after finding out she was part of an investigation into sexual abuse.
At a party in her home, O’Connor allegedly gave a minor teen a condom and pushed him into a room with a drunk minor. During a New Year’s party in her home with about five 14-year-olds so accused and laughed when a drunk teenager sexually raped a young girl in bed, according to court documents. In some cases, O’Connor wanted Snapchat or texting teens to leave their homes in the middle of the night and drink at her home and deliver the alcohol.
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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 Star home Saturday morning, they found “there were 10 underage boys and two girls at her home – most of whom were staying there,” according to a sheriff’s office press release. Investigators contacted the parents of these teens before they were released.
During a court hearing Wednesday, O’Connor said she intended to place a $ 900,000 bond attached to the California arrest warrant. Her two teenage sons were placed in custody with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare after the sheriff’s office judged them to be in “imminent danger,” according to the statement.
In addition, O’Connor faces charges of fraud in a separate case for earning more than $ 120,000 in unauthorized fees on a company card she received as an administrative assistant for Aruba Networks.
“What I see here is just the tip of the iceberg,” legal analyst and former prosecutor Steven Clark told KPIX 5. “I think you could see even more serious allegations against Ms. O’Connor as the case is progressing, especially if minors were sexually abused. ”
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Said Clark. “I think you could see even more serious charges against Mrs O’Connor as the case progresses, especially if minors were sexually assaulted.”