Prosecutors said a California mother hosted corrupt covert parties where she gave teens alcohol and condoms — and even watched as they engaged in sexual activity.
According to court documents, Shannon O’Connor looked into the bedroom and laughed while a drunk teen climbed up on a girl and groped a girl who was a friend of the woman’s then 15-year-old son.
The 47-year-old mother kept the parties a secret from other parents and even her husband, prosecutors said, while the 14- and 15-year-olds were so intoxicated that they would “vomit, be unable to stand and will faint.”
DA Jeff Rosen said in a statement, “It helped so many brave kids to come forward and solve this extremely disturbing case.”
“As a parent, I am shocked. As the DA, I am determined to hold the adults who hold children fully accountable to the law and our community.”
O’Connor, also known as Shannon Bruga, was booked into Idaho where she now lives. Prosecutors plan to extradite him to the Golden State to face a laundry list of 39 criminal counts.
During an eight-month period from 2020 to earlier this year, O’Connor reportedly hosted several parties for her son and friends and pressured attendees to keep the abuse a secret.
“She said she could go to jail if anyone was told,” the statement of facts said. A 14-year-old girl who talked about parties was threatened with retaliation, which would include people spreading rumors about her, according to the charges leveled against her.
At a party, she gave a boy a condom and pushed him into a room where a 14-year-old girl was lying in bed drunk.
“[The girl] Got scared, ran and locked himself in the bathroom,” the statement said.
At another party, O’Connor took a boy with a drunk girl into a room and then left. According to prosecutors, the girl was allegedly assaulted. Prosecutors said the girl later confronted O’Connor for leaving her alone in an extremely intoxicated state.
“Like why do you like it?” The girl reportedly said. “Like, you knew what he was going to do to me.”
In October 2020, O’Connor rented a cottage in Santa Clara for children—which caused $9,000 in damage to the home and is depicted in surveillance footage stumbling around the property.
Prosecutors said during underage gatherings, a girl broke her little finger and a boy was hurt when some teenagers drove O’Connor’s car into the school’s parking lot.
During that incident, two children were hanging on the back of the SUV while an unlicensed driver was zooming around the parking lot on December 19. Prosecutors allege that one of the boys on the SUV fell, hit his head and was briefly blacked out.
The woman faces several serious allegations including child abuse and sexual assault.
O’Connor also faces fraud charges of more than $120,000 in unauthorized charges on company credit cards, the DA said. Officials said O’Connor was an administrative assistant at Aruba Networks.