Huntington Beach, CA - Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard, two married school teachers have been arrested and charged with having an unlawful sexual relationship together and on their own with a 17-year-old male high school student, according to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office.
Daniel Shepard, 62, Huntington Beach, is charged with three felony counts, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Co-defendant Gay Davidson-Shepard, 59, Huntington Beach, is charged with three felony counts and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Both defendants are being held on $150,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Friday, April 22, 2011.
At the time of the crime, Gay Davidson-Shepard was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and her husband Daniel Shepard was a teacher at Westminster High School in Westminster.
Daniel Shepard is accused of meeting John Doe while the victim was a student at Westminster High School. In March 2009, Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard are accused of grooming the 17-year-old victim by regularly inviting him to their Huntington Beach home to drink alcohol, eat, play board games, and watch movies.
In April 2009, the defendants are accused of sexually assaulting the victim for the first time.
On a weekly basis beginning in April 2009, the defendants are accused of getting John Doe intoxicated by providing him with alcohol and engaging in illegal sex acts with the victim in their home. The victim turned 18 years old in December 2009 and any sexual conduct with the defendant cannot be criminally charged after that time.
In March 2011, the victim disclosed the sexual assault to his mother. John Doe's mother contacted the Westminster Police Department (WPD), who investigated this case. Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard were arrested by WPD today, April 20, 2011.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) and WPD are seeking potential additional victims in this case. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact WPD Detective Michael Nguyen at (714) 548-3247 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.