Teacher’s aide, 31, arrested for ‘having sex with 16-year-old boy at special needs school after pair have baby together’
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12 July 2013
Mandy Morales, 31, was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation which was sparked when another teacher found the aide’s diary at the McKinley Children’s Center, Canyon View School in San Dimas, California.
The couple’s relationship resulted in a baby who is now one year old, authorities said.
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She was arrested by police over alleged unlawful sexual intercourse but later released on $50,000 bail.
Morales has been placed on leave from the school which caters to students aged five to 22.
It is believed that the affair started in 2011 when the boy was just 16 years old.
High school teacher Laura Whitehurst, 28, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her in court this week.
The former Citrus Valley High School teacher was wearing a green jail jumpsuit, an indication that she was being held in protective custody.
Whitehurst has been charged with 41 felony counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor, which include 30 counts of unlawful sex with a minor and 11 counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, according to court records.
‘The first 30 counts are basically sex with a minor, or an underage person. And then the other remaining counts are oral copulation with a person under the age of 18. There are three named victims in this case,’ prosecutor Melissa Rodriguez said.
Whitehurst, from Redlands, California, was arrested after the mother of the boy – now 17 – reported their alleged year-long relationship and subsequent birth of their child to police.
Lock-up: Teacher Laura Whitehurst, 28, has been charged with 41 sex crimes related to alleged relationships with three teenage students
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