[UPDATED with More Possible Victims:] Gay Davidson-Shepard, Former Surf City Teacher Union Chief, and Science Teacher Husband Accused of Sex with 17-Year-Old Boy


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UPDATE, APRIL 25, 4:47 P.M.: Quoting an unnamed "spokesman for prosecutors," a Los Angeles-based television station reports today that more possible victims of Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard have come forward.

Click here for the KABC/Channel 7 Eyewitness News report.


UPDATE, APRIL 21, 5:07 P.M.: According to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard each made their $150,000 bail and are out of custody. They were to be arraigned Friday, but that has been rescheduled to 9 a.m. May 19 in Westminster, the OCDA adds.

As we'd previously reported, the Hungtington Beach Union High School District's online Westminster High School page still lists Dan Shepard as part of the science faculty. But a Los Angeles television station reports he is retired.
 
UPDATE, APRIL 21, 10:30 A.M.: And here's the lovely couple:

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Orange County teachers and married couple Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard of Huntington Beach are accused of illegal sex with a 17-year-old boy.
Now picture them nude sliding up to you in a hot tub. Allegedly. Apologies for ruining any breakfasts.

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ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 20, 5:13 P.M.: A former president of the Huntington Beach teacher union and her Westminster High School science teacher husband were charged today with having sexual relationships together and separately with a 17-year-old male high school student.

Officers from the Westminster Police Department, which is investigating the case, had arrested Gay Davidson-Shepard, 59, and Daniel Alma Shepard, 62, at their Huntington Beach home earlier today.

The charges against the husband could have him conducting science experiments in a state prison cell for five years, while the Mrs. faces up to eight years and four months in the can.

Davidson-Shepard was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach at the time of the alleged trysts. The Huntington Beach Union High School District's Westminster High School page still lists Shepard as part of the science faculty. Both Shepards have appeared in local media reports over the past several years concerning teacher union business, classroom science techniques and other education issues.

Dan Shepard is accused of meeting the boy while he was a student at Westminster High. The couple is alleged to have groomed the boy in March 2009 by regularly inviting him to their Huntington Beach home to drink alcohol, eat, play board games, and watch movies.

The following month, the couple is accused of getting into their home's hot tub naked and encouraging the 17-year-old to do the same. Davidson-Shepard is accused of then blowing her husband and the boy.

On a weekly basis from that point forward, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement, the couple got the youth drunk and engaged in illegal sex acts with him, including mutual masturbation, oral copulation, sexual intercourse, and sodomy.

For Shepard, this allegedly happened through September 2009. He is also accused of asking the boy to send nude photos of himself and to pose for shots naked or engaged in sex acts.

For Davidson-Shepard, the sexual assaults lasted through December 2009, the OCDA claims. The victim turned 18 that month so, as an adult, criminal conduct cannot be alleged for any sex thereafter.

The young man reported the kinky relationship to his mother this past March. She contacted the Westminster Police Department, which launched the investigation that resulted in today's charges

Dan Shepard is charged with two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of sodomy with a person under 18 years old, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

Davidson-Shepard is charged with 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 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The couple was held in lieu of $150,000 bail each before their arraignment scheduled for Friday morning in Westminster.

Meanwhile, police and the OCDA are looking for other possible victims. Contact Westminster police Det. Michael Nguyen at 714.548.3247 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 if you know anything.


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ripgirls1
ripgirls1

Was there from 76-77 and 77-78.  Davison/Shephard was my homeroom and social studies teacher.  Loved her.  She was young (I think all of 24 years); cool; dressed cute, and was strict but fair. She was the epitome of the characer "THAT Girl".
Shocked as hell to learn of this. WTF happened to this model of an independent woman?
For graduation, she took three of us (I think we were her favorites) out for dinner and a play.  We thought it was so cool to be chosen because we weren't allowed to tell anyone.  I remember we were also suppose to go back to her apartment by the beach but she changed those plans that evening and she just took each of us home after the play.
Looking back, who knows what may have happened to us had the plans to go back to her place materialized.
Still hard to believe this is who she grew up to be. Pathetic. I'd love to ask her Wth happened to you? Why were these the choices you made?
Ugghh...

Chickenswillkill
Chickenswillkill

What evil, hateful people you all are. You should all be ashamed of the way you've talked about them, saying they deserve to rot. I know the accuser, and it was common knowledge he spent time at the Shepards' house. He went there willingly after he dropped out. He always complained about his home life, so I don't believe he confided in his mother if something actually happened. The Shepards seemed like his replacement parents as far as we could tell. Shame on you all. Some people will do anything for money.

Dougspair
Dougspair

...Which one is the husband...?

Guestgal
Guestgal

Mrs. Shepard was my teacehr in 8th grade and im in sophmore year of higschool now... yikes... its wierd i always found her really really creepy. My instincts where right :D

Sal
Sal

They were in the class of 77, 78.....They use to hang out in the quad at Mesa viewWith our class I think Paul knootz was out there also.....?? Ok thank you so much....

Sal
Sal

Does anyone know what happened to christine and Debbie twins at Mesa view?.Just curious I was friends with Christine....Just would like to know where they areNow?? Thank you.....

Karensears4
Karensears4

Remember victims x students coming forward....I know what I remember.. yesIt was a traffic stop he had boy in the car.......I would like to see him explain that......

Karensears4
Karensears4

I am from class of 77, 78 Mesa view mustangs....I would like to hear from pastStudents pn this board from my two years of classes....karensears4@msn.com IFound my two years there to be real interesting time in my life.....That was at ageSay14 and 15 years old. You can get me on my email... it's going to be a great week!

Karensears4
Karensears4

I was hoping for years he district attorney would get involved..My prayers wereAsnwered..Too many secrets at Mesa view....Way to many secrets...I still haveInformation...I attended back in the days 76....They threatened the kids back in theDays of Mesa view in 76 that continued through out the years...Davidson was President of that school....

Karensears4
Karensears4

I attended back in 76 and davidson very mean back then.I hope they get what theyDeserve.She was president back then they both were in charge of all classes.I justWant to thank wesminster police for making the arrests..If someone has informationMake your calls people..

Karensears4
Karensears4

Remember davidson was the principal and president back then with mr Shepard...TheyHad total control of Mesa view...

Karensears4
Karensears4

Interesting that Fran wants to know how we feel??Finally have the da involved I think soCool the da is investigating..Maybe they look into there friends to...Yepee...

Karensears4
Karensears4

They may call on us students from the past for statements..Shepards are out andProbably reading this..there friend is on here very interesting....

Karensears4
Karensears4

Shepards had total control at Mesa view..Of all classes etc etc.....76,77,78.I know thatMuch...Students in 70's will remember that one when was mustangs I do....

Jack07
Jack07

I also went to Mesa view middle school in 76 and 77 I do remember the rumors allOf them I new she was so strange.I sure hope they get what they deserve..I was Also there it was the mustangs....Oh my god...

Yernass
Yernass

Do any of you ignorant morons realize that this could be you... take one alcoholic juvenile delinquent and his broke, white trash, money hungry whore of a mother sniffing for some of your money and BAM! They come up with a story and before the truth can be told, they've already ruined your reputation, your career, your life.  Imagine everyone talking all of this trash about you and you know it's all made up, but nobody cares, they just want to jump in and say the cruelest things they can about you.  You better hope someone doesn't do this to you... BUT ANYONE EASILY COULD!

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mesa student

ahhhh!!!!! i go to mesa view and im in 8th grade. i do not have mrs.shepard as a teacher but i have talked to her several times and i see her around school all the time and her classroom is right next to mt language arts classroom!!!

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Guest

As a teacher, if this is true, I am devastated. Parents should be able to trust teachers and in 99.9 % of the cases they can. It's the 0.1% that ruins public perception. If they are guilty, I hope they get the most time in prison possible. This is so upsetting.

Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson

This is happening all over the country. Go to www.schoolteachernews.com and click on the Scandal page. They also have a map of where the incidents have taken place. Already this year they have found over 125 of these incidents. In 2010 they found over 400 of these kinds of cases.

JustMe
JustMe

i just dont get why the kid would go back weekly?

Anneonymous
Anneonymous

This is not surprising to me. The Shepards have been inviting kids over since I was a junior high student @ Mesa (84-85). Drinking was encouraged, as were questionable movie choices. Rumours about their "swinging" lifestyle have been circulated for nearly 30 years. Only a matter of time until they hit up a minor.

WWTTFF
WWTTFF

WOW! FIRST OF ALL MESA VIEW IS NO LONGER THE MUSTANGS? DOUBLE WOW MISS DAVIDSON NOW LOOKS LIKE A METH FREAK? HARD 2  ACCEPT THE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER I REMEMBER AS THE WIERDO SHE IS ACCUSED OF BEING! HAD 2 BE THAT  SPERM GUZZLING  HUSBAND OF HERS THAT WHACKED HER OFF COURSE! I WAS THERE  IN76/77 AND DID NOT HAVE A CLUE!!!! I PLAYED ON EVERY SPORTS TEAM AND WAS A STR8 A STUDENT BOTH YEARS AND DONT REMEMBER EVER MISSING SCHOOL SO I WAS THERE ! !!!!!!!!!! DONT GET ME WRONG , IT SEEMS AS IF SHE IS the SCUMBAG they portray her 2 be!!!!!JUST HARD 2 BELIEVE! I NEVER HEARD OF THE HUSBAND? THE PICTURE IS THE SCARIEST OF ALL! I ACTUALLY AS A KID I WOULD HAVE LOVED 2 GET NAKED IN A JACUZZI WITH 1977/78 VERSION OF MY TEACHER! BLAH BLAH BLAH! just  'BLOWN' way by  the all of it!!!!!!! might be HARD 2 PROVE IN COURT!  MAY EVEN HAVE 2 MAKE ONE APPEARANCE IN COURT 2 SEE WITH MY OWN EYES WTF HAPPENED!!! SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE IS JUST A FEW YEARS AWAY FROM STUMBLING AROUND IN CIRCLES ,MUMBLING 2 HERSELF,WHILE DROOLING ON HER CLOTHES4 DAYS AT A TIME!!!!!!!! ONLY THING LEFT 2  SAYS IS WOW!!!!!!

 

timmiemf
timmiemf

ok first of all jackass, wtf are you talking about? You know the accuser??? Who the hell are you?? I am the Mother you are trash talking. What now??  The monsters were anything but replacement parents. Ask Mr. Monster what he was in possession of when they were arrested?? Before you go spouting off at the flipping mouth, you should probably get your fucking facts straight.  The shame lies strictly on your shoulders jackass. Either you are a pedo as well, or you are a victim, which is ti?  The whole thing has never been about money. You must not know my family very well at all or else you wouldnt be talking shit. Your screen name fits you well, but with one minor adjustment....it should read chickenshit.

Ryan9744
Ryan9744

I kinda worry about semi-incoherent serial commenters, too, Lorraine. Seems to me you're way too anxious to get involved in this. My suggestion?  Get a life.

Mathew Moore
Mathew Moore

How did they threaten kids? Did they threaten them like teachers and principals discipline children, or was it above and beyond standard procedure?

FRAN S
FRAN S

FRAN WANTS TO TELL YOU HOW WRONG YOU ARE AND KEEP YOUR LIES TO YOURSELF. LEAVE THESE NICE PEOPLE ALONE. PEOPLE HAVE DONE ALOT ALREADY TO STICK THEIR NOSES IN FOR THEIR 2 SECONDS OF "FAME" TO DESTROY LIVES. JUST SHUT UP AND LET THE POLICE DO THEIR JOBS AND YOU WILL SEE THE SHEPARDS ENJOYING THEIR RETIREMENT. I AM SURE THE SCANDAL HAS LEFT THEM UNABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR FIRST LOVE, TEACHING. LET THEM HAVE PEACE! TELL THAT YOUNG MAN TO FIND PLEASURE WITH HIMSELF AND NOT WITH EVIL. HE SEEMS TO BE FULL OF DEMONS. THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL AND THE SOONER THE BETTER.THIS KID SHOULD BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. AND HIS LOW LIFE PARENTS. I DON,T KNOW THEM, BUT I AM SURE THEY ARE SCUM.

Timmiemf
Timmiemf

he wasn't an alcoholic, or a f**king delinquent until those two pedos got their hands on them. It sounds to me like you might be one too.  You are probably one of the other sickos that was involved in abusing that kid

Yernass is an IDIOT
Yernass is an IDIOT

your an idiot....I had her as teachers back in the 80's and they were inviting kids to their house back then to drink. And she always came on to the boy back then, this is seveth and eight grade. This isnt a isolated case for them.

knowsbetter
knowsbetter

I assure you that the evidence in the case is more than satisfactory for a conviction, you ignoramus; in fact, one might call it a "sure thing". 

Sops
Sops

does your ignorant ass realize it could be your child! They have been doing this since the 80's...if you grew up in hb you wouldve known about their disgusting asses. Its bc of people like you that kids keep getting molested and no one talks about it. i know several boys (now men) that do not have the guts to step up and report what they did to them years ago bc they were "boys" and were lured in by a women and then ended up in a situation where they were being sodomized and exploited by a man and his wife. Theyre embarrassed and ashamed bc they were 14 and 15 years old and didnt think it was wrong at first. Now that all these men have boys of their own, they should be stepping up to the plate so the boy that did come forward can feel normalized and not shamed, That brave kid is going to be put through hell and if he had a few grown men to stand by his side through the trial it would make things much easier on him. I know its hard to come out about molestation but if you don't then you can't prevent people like this from doing it to your child. This boy will not be receiving any money for criminally convincting these freaks....thats civil suits you dumbass.....he will only receive public humilation and shame from morons like yourself. I sure hope you dont have children 

Karfox
Karfox

Because he was 17 & didnt know any better???

Anneonymous
Anneonymous

I had both of these teachers back in Junior High at Mesa View 82-83, when they were still know as the Mustangs. This is really crazy! Both teachers were really hip and every one liked them, and raved that its cool to have them as teachers. I remember all the students thought they should get married and they liked each other for a long time and finally tied the knot. Mr.Shepard loved Science and music especially the 80's punk band X, which he would attend many concerts and take their photos. I know that he would have some of the more hip kids come over his apartment and later both of their apartment to party, drink, smoke pot, and go to X band concerts. He was so cool (beatnik) and she was kind of innocent dingy farm girl, who after getting married to him became more cool and more hot in her own way. Its sad to hear about this news, another teacher Mr. Stark a few years later with my sisters year molested a boy, he was fired and later left his marriage with wife and 2 daughters and moved in with gay lover. Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MathewM
MathewM

How many people do you think were victimized by them? I'm a former student of Mrs. Shepard from Mesa View, and I know Dan as well. I'm both surprised, not surprised, and trying to figure this out.

Timmiemf
Timmiemf

Sops, can you please contact me. I feel it is important that I speak with you, even if only through email. I can be reached at timmiemf@live.com. thanks in advance.

MathewM
MathewM

You know people who were victimized by the Shepards? I'd love to hear their stories.

mitchell
mitchell

Yeah, I couldn't tell a hot 16, 20, 25 year old from a long past her prime 60 year old when I was seventeen -- ¡Not!

the.bear.family1
the.bear.family1

@Anneonymous I went to Mesa View 84 - 85.  I remember hearing about Mr. Stark.  Had him for 7th grade PE.  What happened?  I heard he molested the girl's little brother.  She was a year behind me I think.  Thought he went to jail.  Did he get off?

Denise
Denise

When I was a pretty young girl, my parents converted to the Mormon church, attending the one in Pico Rivera on Passons.  Danny attended there too and I believe initially got together with our family because he was a photographer and did a black and white photo shoot of our family.  At the time, my older brother was about 8 years old.  Dan (who drove a tan van, so we liked to rhyme "Dan's tan van") would come around all the time and doted mainly on my brother but was nice to me and would take us to the beach, and I remember he liked Calico desert area and he, my dad and brother went camping and shooting there sometimes.  My mom found out from a mutual friend of hers and Dan's that Dan was gay.  This mutual friend referred to Danny as "the Queen of Long Beach" (Dan didn't live in LB, so I don't know what that was about).  I don't believe being gay makes anybody more at risk of being a pedophile, but my mom suddenly saw huge red flags because of Dan's extreme interest in hanging out with my brother.  So she immediately put an end to their friendship and Dan was crushed.  In retrospect, my brother could see that Dan was probably "grooming" him for a sexual, romantic relationship but says Dan had definitely not tried anything yet.  So my brother was fortunate! Not that I would ever let some guy take my kids all over town, but at least my parents stopped it in time.  We didn't see or speak to him until my brother left for a Mormon mission in 1986, and he brought his wife, Gay with him.  We thought her name was interesting given the fact that he was known to be gay.  She seemed very friendly but of course I didn't get to know her.  May they ROT, those unimaginable perverts.

booby watcher
booby watcher

Is this the same Gay Davidson that was teaching at Mesa View in the mid 70's? There was a teacher there by the same name. I recall it being her first teaching position. She was in her early twenties and all the guys were crazy about the size of cha cha's. WOW, life has been hard on her if the person in the photo is her.........

Katrina Daymude
Katrina Daymude

I went there too around the same time. Remember it all!! And Mr. Stark I remember when all that went down. Can you believe that 3 of our Jr. High teachers were charged with molestation. Scary!! I had all 3 teachers and thought they were all very cool teachers. Mr. Stark was also a teacher all the kids wanted to have. Makes me think about my kids and their teachers. Unbelievable!!!

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

I was at Mesa View in the same years as you. I too recall the same. Shepard would brag about feeding chicks to his cat. She would wear white pants no underwear. A lot of craziness in that school. The janitor too was coming on to the girls. Glad I was a quiet girl that no one noticed.

knowsbetter
knowsbetter

That will be revealed in time. I'm sorry I'm not able to reveal more information at this point; but, as I'm sure you are well aware, a little over an hour ago they both pled not guilty to a slew of felony charges and their pretrial will be the seventh of July. 

knowsbetter
knowsbetter

I am connected to one of the victims, and have aided the police in their investigation thus far. 

Lorraine48
Lorraine48

At Mesa view in 76,77,78 ...i remember everything.....

Denise
Denise

I didn't mean I was a pretty young girl - but that I was pretty young, haha

Knanseth
Knanseth

Yes, that is Miss Davidson, hard to believe. They were good friends of my younger brother.....now I have to wonder. This is so sad. It is sad that they made such poor choices and horrible for the student(s) who were involvled.

Mustang4EVA
Mustang4EVA

I had Mr. Stark as a teacher the year before the incident. I never had Mrs. Shepard but I remember her. It's sad that they will be the two people who are remembered from Mesa View when there were so many wonderful teachers :( I was also at St. Bonaventure when the Father Chris molestation was going on. Father Chris and Mr. Stark pretty much killed any trust I had in the institutions of education and religion. Mrs. Shepard confirms it.

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