Investigators suspect more teens may have fallen victim to Bay Area mom’s sex parties

LOS GATOS, Calif. (KRON) – A mother is accused of hosting teen sex parties at her Los Gatos mansion, where she allegedly pressured underage teens to force-feed and encouraged boys to have sex consensual and non-consensual sex with girls.

Now investigators have said they suspect Shannon Marie O’Connor, 47, of victimizing even more teenagers than was originally found.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said several students from Los Gatos High School attended O’Connor’s cast sex parties between June 2020 and May 2021.

O’Connor has two sons, aged 13 and 15. When police began investigating her this summer, she moved with her sons to Ada County, Idaho.

Shannon Marie O’Connor / Ada County Sheriff’s Office

Law enforcement in Idaho is now concerned that O’Connor will continue to throw teenage parties at his new home, and there may be more victims who have not come forward.

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives said when they went to O’Connor’s home to arrest her last weekend, there were 12 underage teens with her who had slept the night before.

Detectives determined her sons were in imminent danger and placed them in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Law enforcement began investigating O’Connor after a boy was injured falling from his SUV in the Los Gatos high school parking lot. The boy suffered a concussion and a relative reported him to the police. Investigators began talking to girls, ages 13 to 15, who described being sexually assaulted at O’Connor’s parties.

Investigators say underage teens were sexually assaulted inside O’Connor’s mansion on Arroyo Del Rancho Road in Los Gatos.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said, “It took a lot of brave kids to come forward and unravel this deeply troubling matter.”

Rosen said O’Connor will be prosecuted for the crime of endangering children. “As a parent, I am shocked. As a prosecutor, I am determined to hold adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community, ”said Rosen.

Director Kevin Buchanan declined to comment for this story.

This case is unfortunately one of many sex scandals involving Los Gatos high schools. Students and alumni say there is a major problem with the culture on campus.

Students launched a #MeToo movement Instagram page last year so teens can have a safe space to report their traumatic experiences.

Los Gatos High School has been linked with several sex scandals in recent years.

At last year’s graduation ceremony, students told KRON4 they were upset the boys accused of rape were allowed to attend the ball and attend the graduation ceremony.

One of the school’s Hall of Fame athletes, Heather Hennessy, filed a lawsuit earlier this year, accusing administrators of failing to protect her from a predatory trainer when she was a student at Los Gatos High.

District Attorney’s Investigator Christina Hanks wrote that O’Connor went to great lengths to keep his parties a secret from other relatives, law enforcement and her own husband . She only threw parties when she knew her husband wouldn’t be home and forbade teens from telling their parents that alcohol was provided at gatherings, Hanks wrote.

She communicated with the students via Snapchat.

The mother provided obscene amounts of alcohol that caused many teens to pass out in their own vomit and pass out in her $ 4 million Los Gatos mansion, Hanks wrote. O’Connor also hosted parties for teenagers at vacation homes she rented in Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe.

Investigators said O’Connor knew what she was doing was illegal. (Santa Clara County Attorney’s Office)

“When these minors were extremely intoxicated with alcohol, she encouraged them to have sex with each other, facilitated sexual encounters, and watched some of those sexual encounters,” Hanks wrote.

At a party, investigators said O’Connor gave a boy a condom and pushed him into a room where a girl was losing consciousness and losing consciousness. The girl was so scared that she locked herself in a bathroom to get away from the boy. Another girl said she cried when she was sexually assaulted by a boy and O’Connor responded by laughing.

Some of the teen sex encounters were in O’Connor’s hot tube while the mom was in the hot tube as well. A 14-year-old girl said she almost drowned because she was dangerously drunk. O’Connor has always been the only adult in attendance at parties, Hanks wrote.

Investigators said the mother knew what she was doing was illegal.

“(O’Connor) told all minors who attended parties at his residence or received alcohol not to tell anyone about the parties. She said if anyone was told she could go to jail, ”Hanks wrote.

“(O’Connor) believed that Jane Doe 5 (14) was breaking this rule she imposed. As a result, (O’Connor) threatened to spread rumors about Jane Doe 5. As a result of (O’Connor’s) threats, Jane Doe 5 suffered mental and emotional disturbances. She had panic attacks and had to sleep in her parents’ room, ”Hanks wrote.

Ada County detectives are concerned that O’Connor, who also goes by the last name Burga, has organized more teen sex parties in Idaho.

The mom stayed behind bars at Ada County Jail on Friday. She will be extradited to Santa Clara County next week and brought to justice on 39 counts. These charges include 12 counts of endangering children.

Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District issued the following statement to KRON4: “Student safety is a top priority for Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District. We work with our parents, staff and our community to promote positive behaviors and good decision making among our student body and to educate our students, parents and staff about issues related to substance use. We actively investigate all issues that arise on our campuses and work closely with law enforcement to support their investigation of matters that take place outside of school. It is important to note that we take the subject of underage alcohol use very seriously and continually work to promote awareness and dialogue in our classrooms and community. In addition, parents and families also play a crucial role in setting clear expectations regarding the behavior of our young people and in monitoring their activities. It is only together that we can effectively solve social problems such as drug addiction. “

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Shannon O’Connor (Ada County Sheriff’s Office)

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