Bay Area woman charged with hosting drunk teen sex parties

Shannon O'Connor, 47, faces nearly 40 criminal charges, including 12 felonies, for allegedly encouraging young teenagers to drink and engage in sex acts, sometimes nonconsensually, at parties she hosted.
Shannon O'Connor, 47, faces nearly 40 criminal charges, including 12 felonies, for allegedly encouraging young teenagers to drink and engage in sex acts, sometimes nonconsensually, at parties she hosted. Photo credit Ada County Sheriff's Office

A Los Gatos woman faces nearly 40 criminal charges, including 12 felonies, for allegedly encouraging young teenagers to drink and engage in sex acts, sometimes nonconsensually, at parties she hosted.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday that Shannon O'Connor, 47, is being extradited from her current home in Eagle, Idaho and will be arraigned "at a later date." O’Connor allegedly threw multiple parties for her teenage son and his friends, none of whom were older than 15, discouraging the children from telling their parents.

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In a warrant for her arrest, prosecutors charged O'Connor with 12 felony counts of child endangerment, 10 misdemeanor counts of child endangerment with unjustifiable pain, 13 misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors, three misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery.

The 12 felony counts carry sentences of up to six years, while conviction on any of the three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting would require O'Connor to register as a sex offender in California.

"It took a lot of brave children to come forward and to untangle this deeply disturbing case," District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen said in a release announcing the charges. "As a parent, I'm shocked. As the DA, I'm determined to hold those adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community."

O’Connor first began throwing alcohol-fueled bashes for her son and his friends last summer, according to a statement of facts drafted by an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office. From then until this February, the investigator alleged O'Connor "supplied excessive amounts of alcohol to her son and his minor friends&