Prosecutors claimed while living is Los Gatos, 47-year-old Shannon O’Connor would buy vodka and fireball whiskey for the parties, even watch and laugh while the teenagers engaged in sex acts.
The mother is said to have kept the parties secret from her husband and other parents while 14 and 15-year-olds would get so drunk they ‘would vomit, be unable to stand, and fall unconscious,’ prosecutors said.
‘It took a lot of brave children to come forward and to untangle this deeply disturbing case,’ District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.
‘As a parent, I’m shocked. As the DA, I’m determined to hold those adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community.’
Prosecutors have claimed that 47-year-old mother Shannon O’Connor (pictured) would watch and laugh while her son’s friends engaged in sex acts at parties she hosted
O’Connor, who is also known as Shannon Bruga, was arrested as a fugitive in Ada county, Idaho, where she now lives, and booked into an Idaho jail with prosecutors planning to extradite her to California.
There, she is facing a list of 39 criminal counts.
O’Connor is accused of holding several parties for her son and friends during an eight-month period from 2020 to March this year, pressuring those in attendance to keep quiet about the debauchery.
‘She stated if anyone was told she could go to jail,’ the statement of facts said.
In one case, she went to a bedroom and watched a drunk teenage boy get on top of and grope a girl who was a friend of O’Connor’s then-15-year-old son, according to court documents.
A 14-year-old also alleged that she was threatened with retaliation if she told anyone, which would entail rumors being spread about her.
At one party, O’Connor handed a boy a condom and pushed him into a room where a drunk 14-year-old girl was lying on the bed. Frightened, the girl ran and locked herself in the bathroom, the statement said.
At another, O’Connor took a boy to a room and left him with a girl who also was drunk. Prosecutors say the girl was allegedly assaulted and that she later confronted O’Connor over leaving her while she was extremely drunk.
‘Like why did you like, do that?’ the girl allegedly said. ‘Like, you knew what he was going to do to me.’
In another incident, the mother is accused of seeing a boy punching and kicking an intoxicated girl, but doing nothing to intervene.
‘It’s just so terrible what she did to my daughter and these other children,’ said the mother of one of the girls, who was not to protect her daughter.
‘My heart breaks for these kids. It’s been devastating. It’s a worst nightmare for a parent,’ she told Mercury News.
In October 2020, there was $9,000 worth of damages at a house she rented in Santa Clara; surveillance footage showed teens throwing up and stumbling around the property.
One girl broke a finger and a boy got a concussion when some of the teens drove O’Connor’s car in a school parking lot on December 19, prosecutors said. During the incident, two of the teenagers clung to the back of the SUV while an unlicensed driver sped around. One of the boys holding on to the back fell and hit his head, prosecutors allege, briefly blacking out.
Pictured: 47-year-old mother Shannon O’Connor, who is accused of throwing sex parties for her son and his friends
O’Connor’s son at the time was reportedly a player on Los Gatos High School’s freshman football team; the mother of one of the girls involved said the boys were teammates.
The mother said that she raised her concerns about the drinking at parties with coaches and school officials at the start of 2021, but she was told there was nothing they could do about it because it was off campus.
‘I really don’t think the high school has taken responsibility for their piece of this,’ the mother told Mercury News.
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District said in a statement it investigates ‘any issues that arise on our campuses and work closely with law enforcement to support their investigation into matters that take place outside of school.’
‘It is important to note that we take the topic of underage drinking very seriously and work continuously to promote awareness and dialogue in our classrooms and our community,’ the statement added.
‘Additionally, parents and families also play a crucial role in setting clear expectations for the behavior of our young people and in monitoring their activities. Only together can we effectively address social issues such as substance abuse.’
The DA said O’Conner is facing felony charges including child abuse and sexual assault, and faces fraud charges of more than $120,000 in unauthorized charges on company credit. She was an administrative assistant at Aruba Networks.
‘Everyone should feel relieved this woman’s not on the street,’ the mother of one of the girls said to Mercury News.
‘She was grooming these kids, setting them up for sexual acts, and she’s a mother and doing this to her own child. … I’ve been racking my brain trying to think what was in it for her.’