The mother of a teenager has been accused of hosting alcohol-filled sex parties for him and his friends and then “facilitating and observing” their sexual acts, some of which were non-consensual.
California mother accused of hosting secret alcohol-filled parties for teens and watching them have sex
Shannon Marie O’Connor of Los Gatos, California, is charged with crimes including child molestation, sexual battery and providing alcohol to minors to host the parties, which she tried to keep secret, according to the criminal complaint filed in Santa County Superior Court. Clara County Superior Court ,
O’Connor, 47, allegedly encouraged the sexual acts among the teens, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, like his son, and sometimes watched them as well.
The “parties” allegedly took place from June 2020 through last spring, according to the complaint.
O’Connor discouraged the teens from telling their parents or anyone else about the parties, saying he could go to jail if anyone told and even molested a 14-year-old girl he believed was an informant, according to the Statement of Facts. filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
The prosecutor also alleges that O’Connor dissuaded minors from calling authorities for help “when one of them passed out in his own vomit” after drinking too much.
“It took a lot of brave kids to come forward and unravel this deeply disturbing case,” U.S. Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
O’Connor provided alcohol, including beer, vodka and Fireball whiskey, and handed out condoms to underage party guests, the prosecutor said in the release.
In some cases, O’Connor “would text or Snapchat teens to get them to leave their homes in the middle of the night and drink at home,” the prosecutor further alleged.
The list of allegations includes multiple occasions where O’Connor allegedly urged intoxicated minors into sexual situations, including watching and laughing as “a drunken teen sexually beat a young girl in bed” during a party on New Year’s Eve.
O’Connor, who now lives in Idaho and is awaiting extradition to California for an arraignment, also faces fraud charges for making more than $120,000 in unauthorized charges on a corporate card from a previous job.