Police Interview 2nd Possible Victim Of Teacher Who Allegedly Had Student’s Baby
REDLANDS (CBSLA.com) — Police have interviewed a second possible victim after the arrest of a 28-year-old high school teacher who allegedly gave birth to her student’s baby.
Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, who gave birth on June 18, was arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor after she was questioned at her Redlands home on Monday night. She was later released after posting $25,000 bail.
Whitehurst is a teacher at Citrus Valley High School, where she served as an adviser to the 16-year-old boy who reportedly fathered her child, police said.
The sexual relationship allegedly began last summer and continued for nearly a year.
“They met approximately a year ago and started talking away from school and developed a relationship there. One thing led to another and he ended up at her residence and it’s been going on for about a year,” Cmdr. Shawn Ryan of the Redlands Police Department said.
The mother of the victim, who is now 17, reported the relationship to school officials, who notified police.
The Redlands Unified School District would not comment on an ongoing investigation, but issued the following statement:
“The district was recently made aware of allegations involving a high school student and teacher. We immediately notified the police and placed the employee on leave,” Assistant Superintendent Sabine Robertson-Phillips said.
Michael Cooper told CBS2′s Amber Lee he also had a relationship with Whitehurst, who was his English teacher in 2007.
“I was 17, she was 23 at the time,” Cooper said.
The two allegedly became intimate after he turned in a writing assignment, which led to Whitehurst telling him she had a dream about them kissing.
“In no way do I feel victimized at all. I was 17, I was hormonal, I had a good time,” he added. “I was excited it was happening at the time. But it’s done, it’s over with. I’m not emotionally scarred.”
Cooper said he heard about the allegations and wanted to speak out.
“If this happened this time and with me, I wanted to come out and say hey you guys are investigating this person, I want you to know it’s happened before.”
Police confirmed they have spoken to a second possible victim, but would not release his name.
Parents were in disbelief Tuesday night over the allegations.
“I hope it’s not true because it’s such a sad thing,” Brandi McMurtry said. “They’re just kids. We’ve got to protect them, not corrupt them.”
“I just can’t believe it. I hear it all the time on the news, but I would never think this school,” said Aide Orona, whose daughter had Whitehurst as a teacher.
Detectives were continuing their investigation.