LOS GATOS (CBS SF) – A middle-aged Los Gatos woman faces dozens of charges after allegedly holding full parties for young teens, where she called for sexual acts that she would sometimes see, according to authorities.
The laundry list of 39 offenses – ranging from serious danger to children and sexual abuse to several allegations of misconduct for children and for giving alcohol to minors – was described in a press release and archived charging documents by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
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Shannon O’Connor (aka Shannon Bruga) – a 47-year-old who currently lives in Eagle, Idaho-bought vodka and Fireball whiskey, provided condoms and discouraged teens from telling their parents about the parties or calling for help when calling them fainted in their own vomit, according to a statement of fact in case. The teens at these parties were mostly 14- and 15-year-olds and included O’Connor’s own teenage son.
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.
The child abuse allegations outline a number of O’Connors’ alleged full and destructive house parties for young teens, starting in June 2020 and continuing until May this year. According to the district attorney’s office, she would warn teens not to inform the parties or she could go to jail. Over time, a total of nine different teenage girls were involved in the parties.
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.
In another incident, O’Connor let a minor drive his SUV in the Los Gatos High School parking lot while two other teens held on to their backs, according to prosecutors. One fell off and was knocked unconscious.
O’Connor will be extradited and will be prosecuted at a later date. She faces jail time if convicted.
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“It took many brave children to come forward and settle this deeply disturbing case,” Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen said in the press release. “As a parent, I’m shocked. As a DA, I am determined to hold the adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our society. ”
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