Over the objections of prosecutors, Huntington Beach husband and wife teachers Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay
Davidson-Shepard are expected to receive no prison time for their unlawful sex together and alone with a 17-year-old male student.
The Shepards, who are both in their 60s, copped to felonies today that originally had them looking at 5-8 years in state prison. Under a deal with the judge, they will likely receive probation, community service and mandatory counseling, however.
In a case that was marred by former Huntington Beach teacher union president Gay Davidson-Shepard contacting the victim after her arrest, before the trial began and despite his being covered by a protective order, “The People intend to object to the
sentence at the sentencing hearing,” announced the Orange County District Attorney's office of the scheduled Sept. 27 hearing at the West Justice Center in Westminster.
Since retired, 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. The couple “groomed” the teen in March 2009 by inviting
him to their Huntington Beach home for food, alcohol, movies and board
They sexually assaulted him for the first time the following month at their home, getting into a hot tub naked and encouraging the lad to follow suit (or un-suit). Gay Davidson-Shepard later got out of the water and gave the boy and her husband blow jobs.
Sex games would then continue 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.
While out of custody on bail and barred from contacting the teen due to the protective order, Davidson-Shepard violated the decree by calling and
texting him numerous times.
Before her conviction, she also retired from the Ocean View School District, so don't be surprised if she's pulling down a lavish pension.
Davidson-Shepard pleaded guilty to the court offer today of 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.
Her husband 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.
He is expected to formally be sentenced to two years in state prison, while the Mrs. gets an additional two, but under the deal the judge will stay the prison time if they successfully complete
three years formal probation, 60 days of community
service and undergo counseling.
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