A California mom accused of hosting drunken parties for teens — and even watching them engaged in sex acts – was arraigned Wednesday on 39 criminal charges and denied bail after being extradited from her new home in Idaho.
Shannon O’Connor, 47, wore an orange jumpsuit when she appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court for the first time to face the raft of charges, including child abuse, child endangerment, sexual battery, and providing alcohol to minors, KTVU reported.
During an eight-month period from 2020 to earlier this year, O’Connor, aka Shannon Bruga, allegedly hosted several parties for her son and friends and pressured those in attendance to keep the debauchery a secret.
She watched and laughed in a bedroom while a drunk teenage boy mounted and groped a girl who was a friend of the woman’s then-15-year-old son, according to court documents.
At one party, she allegedly handed a boy a condom and pushed him into a room where a drunk 14-year-old girl was lying on a bed.
“[The girl] was afraid, ran and locked herself in the bathroom,” the statement said.
At another party, O’Connor escorted a boy into a room with a drunk girl, then left, according to prosecutors, who said the girl was assaulted. The victim later confronted O’Connor for leaving her alone in an extremely drunken state, prosecutors added.
O’Connor kept the parties secret from other parents and even her husband while 14- and 15-year-old kids got so drunk, they “would vomit, be unable to stand, and fall unconscious,” prosecutors said.
On Wednesday, Judge Johnny Gogo ordered her to be held without bail after prosecutors argued that there was evidence she could continue to harm children if released.
Gogo granted no-contact protective orders for all 15 alleged victims, including her son.
O’Connor, who did not enter a plea, is not allowed to contact any of the teens in person or via phone, email or social media, according to KTVU.
Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen said it took a tremendous amount of courage for the teens to come forward.
“There is nothing cool about children getting so drunk that they vomit on alcohol that you provided in your own home,” he said after the arraignment. “There is nothing cool about getting teenage children drunk to then commit sexual assaults on one another. Someone who does these things is not cool. A parent who does these things is reckless, irresponsible and criminal.”
O’Connor, whose two kids have been placed into custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, also has three criminal complaints against her alleging she embezzled $100,000 from her former employer, the outlet reported.