Gail Davidson-Shepard and Daniel Alma Shepard, Married Teachers Who Boned Underage Student, Get No Jail Time

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When a plea deal was proposed Sept. 27 for married Huntington Beach teachers who had sex with a 17-year-old male student, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Varner objected because Daniel Alma Shepard and Gail Davidson-Shepard would get no prison time nor have to register as sex offenders for life. Varner won a continuance from Orange County Superior Court Judge John S. Adams in Westminster that day--but she ultimately lost the war.

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Gay Davidson-Shepard
Over Varner's reiterated objections, Adams today allowed Davidson-Shepard, 60, to 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. In exchanges she was sentenced to three years of formal probation and, technically, four years in jail, although the jail time was stayed.  

Likewise, Dan Shepard, 63, 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, winning three years of formal probation and two years in jail stayed.

Both must also complete counseling and 60 days of community service.

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Daniel Alma Shepard
She was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and he was a science teacher at Westminster High School when they "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, with the sex games continuing weekly. Generally, the teen was 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 the lad 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 via incessant texts in violation of a protective order.

The couple may have got off easy, but the teen's family was left devastated and destroyed, his mother told the court while delivering her victim impact statement today.

As for the rest of us, here's hoping the twisted Shepards are shamed enough to spend their lavish teacher pensions in some other jurisdiction.

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ianr
ianr

He got boned ?  Where did you go to school ?  I guess writing wasn't your major.  You sound like one of my kids.  Grow up Coker...

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The majority of States in the U$A set the age of consent at 16 (sixteen).

 

Why is Kookiefornia so regressive ?

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I wonder how she got the black eye in her booking photo??

OCLocal
OCLocal

Why do they not have to register as sex offenders? People who pee in public have to register as sex offenders! WTH

Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez

I did have her as a teacher and I was disgusted when I found this out. Teachers are supposed to be the people we trust and turn to. Anyone of any age should not be subject to what this kid had to in-dour

Annie
Annie

Charlene, it could be due to the same reason why children who are molested by priests never tell anyone -- they are brainwashed into thinking it's their fault, that the offender really does care about them, that the offender would get in trouble, and/or that no one will believe them. It's a legitimate question you pose.

bill_essex
bill_essex

How would you like to be this kid? You see teachers who are NFL cheerleaders, former models, total babes do it with their male students and you end up with these two..lol!

Michael Patrick Rooney
Michael Patrick Rooney

Charlene, underage is not subject to interpretation. Consensual or not, it's not, because laws is laws.

Charlene Keeler
Charlene Keeler

I know that everyone will hate me for this, but it seems strange to me that someone as old as 17 can be repetitively sexually assaulted. They got him drunk and raped him, and then he went back there? And never told anyone?

Adam Abrams
Adam Abrams

A rotten day for justice in orange county

hifruct
hifruct

"Generally, the teen was first plied with alcohol before the mutual masturbating, oral copulating, fucking and anal began."

 

...uh, that's a little more graphic than newspapers usually get. Any reason why?

keepdapeace
keepdapeace

Let's hope the family and the young man devastate their lavish teacher's pension with a heavy lawsuit. I suspect a civil jury won't think much of a couple of public school teachers violating the public trust, even on a 17 year old, that probably should have known better.

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

A li'l more graphic than the Register, huh?

guest
guest

 @keepdapeace ... or he could have just said 'no, thank you". I know I know - too much to ask of a 17-year old CHILD.

C-Nick
C-Nick

@guest you should be ashamed of yourself for saying this.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @guest  @keepdapeace

 And we all know just how good teens are at looking at the long-term results of their actions might be. Tell me you never made a mistake in judgement at that age.

Guest
Guest

au contraire - I will say it again.

 

Although a minor legally, kids are held accountable for their actions all the time. 14 and shoot someone? Get prosecuted and sentenced as an adult and sentenced to life in adult prison, in Orange County. Driving over the speed limit at 16? Bad mistake and full of consequences. Say something rude about your bff? Be expected to apologize. etc etc

 

Only when it comes to voluntary sex is the 17 year old young adult all of a sudden a mindless drone who can only be 'groomed'. There was no 'force' - otherwise the charges would have been different. Had this 17-year old child victim murdered one of them, he would go from child victim to adult murderer in a nano-second, at exactly the same age. What is up with that?

 

Do I find this whole tale kind of sordid and pretty much eeeuuw? Absolutely. Is it illegal (according to the CA Penal Code) and should they be punished? Yes, and the judge (judge!) took care of that, based on all evidence and information that he was presented, the crude write-up in this world-class publication not-withstanding. Is he a poor defenseless victim? Not so sure.

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