SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (TCD) -- A 47-year-old woman now living in Idaho is accused of buying alcohol for young teenagers and encouraging them to have sex — which sometimes allegedly was not consensual.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office announced the 39 charges against Shannon O’Connor, which include endangering or injuring the health of a child, child endangerment involving unjustifiable pain and suffering where death is not likely, sexual assault, and providing alcohol to minors. Many of the instances reportedly occurred in Los Gatos, California.
According to the District Attorney’s Office statement, O’Connor allegedly provided condoms for the teens and bought them Fireball whisky and vodka. She also allegedly told the teenagers not to tell their parents about the parties. The statement says O’Connor "handed a underaged teenager a condom and pushed him into a room with an intoxicated minor" during one particular party at her residence. In another instance, O’Connor allegedly "watched and laughed as a drunk teen sexually battered a young girl in bed."
O’Connor is also known as Shannon Bruga.
The statement of facts written by a District Attorney investigator says O’Connor "supplied excessive amounts of alcohol to her son and his minor friends to the point where minors would vomit, be unable to stand, and fall unconscious." This reportedly occurred the summer before her son turned 15. One of the "extremely intoxicated" minors was 14.
According to the statement of facts, O’Connor reportedly told the minors "not to tell anyone about the parties" and created rules about them. O’Connor reportedly threatened to spread rumors about a 14-year-old girl who O’Connor believed was speaking about the get-togethers.
For her son’s 15th birthday, O’Connor reportedly rented a cottage in Santa Cruz and threw him a party that included "two large deliveries of alcohol to the home," according to the statement of facts. The minors reportedly caused $9,000 worth of "extensive damage" to the residence.
In one instance, a girl identified as Jane Doe 4 was extremely drunk and was "going in and out of consciousness" on or around December 20, 2020. O’Connor allegedly told John Doe 1 he should "hook up" with Jane Doe 4, but John Doe 1 reportedly "repeatedly declined and said he knew Jane Doe 4 did not want to."
John Doe 1 allegedly "digitally penetrated Jane Doe 4 while she cried and covered her face with a pillow."
Jane Doe 4 reportedly went up to O’Connor after and said, "Why did you leave me in there with him? Like why did you do that? Like you knew what he was going to do to me."