Gail Davidson-Shepard and Daniel Alma Shepard, Married Teachers Who Boned Underage Student, Get No Jail Time
When a plea deal was proposed Sept. 27 for married Huntington Beach teachers who had sex with a 17-year-old male student, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Varner objected because Daniel Alma Shepard and Gail Davidson-Shepard would get no prison time nor have to register as sex offenders for life. Varner won a continuance from Orange County Superior Court Judge John S. Adams in Westminster that day--but she ultimately lost the war.
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Over Varner's reiterated objections, Adams today allowed Davidson-Shepard, 60, to three felony counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy with a person under 18 years old, oral copulation of a minor, and one misdemeanor count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of a protective order. In exchanges she was sentenced to three years of formal probation and, technically, four years in jail, although the jail time was stayed.
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Likewise, Dan Shepard, 63, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of sodomy with a person under 18 years old, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, winning three years of formal probation and two years in jail stayed.
Both must also complete counseling and 60 days of community service.
She was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and he was a science teacher at Westminster High School when they "groomed" the teen in March 2009 by inviting him to their Huntington Beach home for food, alcohol, movies and board games. The couple sexually assaulted the boy for the first time the following month at their home, with the sex games continuing weekly. Generally, the teen was first plied with alcohol before the mutual masturbating, oral copulating, fucking and anal began. Daniel Shepard sexually assaulted the boy through September 2009, while his wife kept at it through December of that year, when the lad turned 18, the age of consent.
In March 2011, the teen told his mother what had happened, she contacted the Westminster Police Department, and the couple was arrested the following month. Former Huntington Beach teacher union president Gay Davidson-Shepard later contacted the teen via incessant texts in violation of a protective order.
The couple may have got off easy, but the teen's family was left devastated and destroyed, his mother told the court while delivering her victim impact statement today.
As for the rest of us, here's hoping the twisted Shepards are shamed enough to spend their lavish teacher pensions in some other jurisdiction.
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