Married Schoolteachers Face Probation, Community Service After Sexual Relationship With 17-Year-Old Boy
WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — Two married schoolteachers are expected to be sentenced Thursday to probation, counseling and community service after pleading guilty to having separate and combined sexual relationships with a 17-year-old male high school student.
Daniel Alma Shepard, 63, of Huntington Beach, and his wife, Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, each pleaded guilty to several felony and misdemeanor charges of unlawful sex, sodomy and oral copulation with a minor.
Both are expected to be sentenced to the court offer of three years of formal probation, counseling and 60 days of community service. Shepard was sentenced previously to two years of prison and Davidson-Shepard to four years in prison, but those sentences have been stayed pending completion of probation.
Prosecutors intend to object to the sentence at the sentencing hearing.
Daniel Shepard met the victim, a Westminster High School student, where he worked as a teacher. He and his wife, who was at the time teaching at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach, “groomed” John Doe in March 2009 by regularly inviting him to their Huntington Beach home to drink alcohol, eat, play board games and watch movies, according to Orange County District Attorney’s Office officials.
Prosecutors say the couple sexually assaulted John Doe for the first time in April 2009. While the boy was at their home, Davidson-Shepard orally copulated both the boy and her husband after they all spent time in the couple’s hot tub in the nude, officials said.
That episode led to weekly assaults on the victim, who was plied with alcohol, prosecutors said, before the Shepards engaged in mutual masturbation, oral copulation, sexual intercourse and sodomy with him.
The victim told his mother about the sexual assaults in March 2011, at which time she contacted the Westminster Police Department.
The couple was arrested on April 20, 2011. Davids-Shepard was arrested again in October for violating a protective order barring her from contacting the boy by calling and texting him several times, while out of custody on bail.