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Former Redlands teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, recently pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges of sex with a minor.
Whitehurst allegedly gave birth to a child police say was fathered by her student. Whitehurst was an adviser at Citrus Valley High School to the then-16-year-old boy, who is now 17, and believed to be the father of her child.
The victim’s mother reported the relationship to school officials, who contacted Redlands Police. The sexual relationship allegedly began in the summer of 2012 and continued for nearly a year. Two more students have been identified as having been in sexual relationships with Whitehurst, but other charges have not been filed.
There were questions about whether the school district violated the state’s “mandated reporter law” because it did not notify police about an unsubstantiated rumor about the teacher prior to her arrest. However, no charges were filed against the Redlands Unified School District by the District Attorney’s Office.
During the sentencing, the courtroom heard from the victim and his mother. Both asked the judge not to grant Whitehurst the plea deal, though both the victim and his mother had been in agreement with the district attorney’s plea deal prior to the hearing.
Whitehurst pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges. Under the deal, Whitehurst will receive one year in jail and must register as a sex offender for life. She will also be under probation for five years, and she will have to forfeit her teaching credentials.
If you are accused of a sexual offense, you may not only serve jail time, but you may also be required to register as a sex offender. If charged you or a loved one is charged with a sexual crime or offense, it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney who serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
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