A 47-year-old mother who has been accused of hosting s*x parties for her teenage son and his friends was denied bail.
Shannon O’Connor was hit with 15 protective orders barring her from contacting her own son and other victims.
Also known as Shannon Bruga, the mother was extradited from Idaho to Santa Clara County, California, and appeared before a judge on Wednesday.
O’Connor allegedly hosted alcohol-fueled s*x parties at her home in Los Gatos and also in Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz. She would give minors vodka and condoms while encouraging them to be intimate with each other as she watched and laugh.
The mother-of-two was arraigned on 39 charges, including s*xual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felony charge endangerment. She was ordered jail without bond pending her next court appearance.
Idaho officials stated that when deputies arrested her on a fugitive warrant, a dozen teenagers were found at her property.
According to East Bay Times, Judge Johnny Gogo ruled to deny bail after prosecutors said they have “clear and convincing evidence that if the defendant were to be released to the public, there is likely going to be great bodily harm to the victims in this case and to members of the public.”
Deputy District Attorney Rebekah Wise alleged that the mother-of-two was a flight risk.
O’Connor’s defense attorney, Sam Polverino, was told by the judge that he could request a hearing to revisit the issue of the mother’s bail eligibility in the future.
But Polverino argued that the court has violated O’Connor’s civil rights and denied her due process.
“Everyone is entitled to a fair hearing,” Polverino told reporters. “We were deprived of one today.”
Family members of the victims applauded the court’s decision to keep O’Conner behind bars without bail.
“We truly all feel she is a threat to the community: We experienced it, our children experienced it, and our community is not safe while she is out on the street,” one mother expressed. “We are very grateful that the judge decided this today and didn’t prolong this.”
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