Plea-Deal Objection Delays Sentencing of Horndog HB Teachers The Shepards
The sentencing of Huntington Beach couple and retired teachers Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard, who have been convicted of sexually tag-teaming a then-17-year-old male student, was delayed last week because prosecutors objected to a proposed plea deal.
The hearing was postponed from Thursday to Nov. 1.
Davidson-Shepard, 60, was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and her 63-year-old husband was a science teacher at Westminster High School, where he met the student before the couple "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, getting into a hot tub naked, with Davidson-Shepard later getting out of the water and giving the boy and his science teacher blow jobs.
Sex games would continued weekly, with the teen 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 he 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 in violation of a protective order.
Under a deal with Judge John S. Adams in Westminster, the Shepards in August copped to felonies that would normally draw prison sentences of 5-8 years, but there were indications His Honor would instead order the couple to serve three years probation and 60 hours of community service and undergo mandatory counseling.
Deputy District Attorney Nicole Varner objected to the proposed sentence, so Adams set the November hearing to give the defense time to study the prosecution's motion.
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