A mother of two accused of organizing secret, alcoholic sex parties for her 15-year-old son and his friends while living in California had a dozen teens in her new Idaho home when officers arrived to arrest her.
Shannon O’Connor, 47, who lived in Los Gatos, California at the time, would buy vodka and Fireball whiskey for the parties, hand out condoms to minors, encourage them to have sex, and even watch and laugh as the teens engaged in sex. sexual acts, which some said were not consensual, prosecutors say.
At the time of her arrest in Star, Idaho, officers on warrant from California discovered 12 minors on O’Connor’s property and had her own two sons removed by Social Services after they believed they were in “imminent danger.”
In addition to the dozens of charges that O’Connor has been slapped with for allegedly throwing alcohol-based parties for minors, she faces unrelated charges for allegedly stealing money from her former employer.
Prosecutors have alleged that 47-year-old mother Shannon O’Connor (pictured) would watch and laugh as her son’s friends engaged in sexual acts at parties she hosted
The mother is said to have kept the parties a secret from her husband and other parents, while 14- and 15-year-olds would get so drunk that they would “vomit, be unable to get up and fall unconscious,” prosecutors said. .
O’Connor is married to Robert Amaral, Chief Revenue Officer at SlashNext, a fraud-fighting software company.
“It took a lot of brave kids to come forward and solve this deeply disturbing case,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.
“As a parent, I am shocked. As a prosecutor, I am committed to holding those adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community.”
O’Connor, aka Shannon Bruga, was arrested as a fugitive in Ada County, Idaho, where she now lives, and was incarcerated at a local jail with prosecutors planning to extradite her to California.
There, she faces a list of 39 criminal counts, including 12 child endangerment charges, as well as sexual battery counts.
When officers from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office arrived at O’Connor’s new home in Star last Saturday afternoon to arrest her, they found 10 teenage boys and two girls — most of whom had spent the night there, according to officials.
Detectives contacted the parents of O’Connor’s underage guests and later released them.
O’Connor faces 39 criminal counts for allegedly hosting alcohol and sex parties for her son and his teenage friends at her Los Gatos, California home (pictured)
Delegates stated that Bruga’s two sons were in immediate danger and placed them under the supervision of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Investigators now suspect that O’Connor has been partying with local teens in Ada County in recent months. said.
The Ada County Sheriff’s detectives began investigating O’Connor in the summer after hearing from a local family, who originally contacted her over the Internet and then met her in the Boise area last spring while searching went to a house in Idaho.
That family later learned of the alleged parties and the California sexual abuse investigation and attempted to end their relationship with O’Connor.
“They told the detectives that Bruga then started to harass them,” the prosecutor said.
That investigation was still ongoing when Santa Clara prosecutors in California issued the arrest warrant for O’Connor last Thursday, resulting in her arrest two days later.
O’Connor is accused of holding several parties for her son and friends over a period of eight months, starting in 2020 to March this year, and pressuring those in attendance to keep quiet about the debauchery.
“She stated that if anyone was told she could go to jail,” the statement said.
In one case, she is said to have gone into a bedroom and witnessed a drunken teenager assault a girl who was friends with O’Connor’s then 15-year-old son, according to court documents.
A 14-year-old also claimed she was threatened with reprisals if she told anyone, which would mean spreading rumors about her.
At a party, O’Connor allegedly gave a boy a condom and pushed him into a room where a drunk 14-year-old girl was lying on the bed.
The girl ran scared and locked herself in the bathroom, the statement said.
In another, O’Connor allegedly took a boy into a room and left him with a girl who was also drunk.
Prosecutors say the girl was allegedly assaulted and later confronted O’Connor with the fact that she left her while she was extremely drunk.
“Like why did you enjoy doing that?” the girl would have said. “Like, you knew what he was going to do to me.”
In yet another incident, the mother is accused of seeing a boy hit and kick a drunk girl, but did nothing to intervene.
In October 2020, $9,000 worth of damage was done to this home that O’Connor had rented for a birthday party in Santa Cruz
“It’s just so awful what she did to my daughter and these other children,” said the mother of one of the girls.
My heart breaks for these children. It’s been devastating. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” she said Mercury News.
In October 2020, there was $9,000 in damage to a house O’Connor had rented for a birthday party in Santa Cruz; Surveillance footage shows teens vomiting and tripping inside the building.
The owners of the rental home claimed that O’Connor lied about who would be staying in the house, saying there would be four adults; instead, she was the only adult with a dozen teens, who reportedly had a food fight and carved their names into furniture.
A girl broke a finger and a boy suffered a concussion when some teens drove into O’Connor’s car in a school parking lot on Dec. 19, 2020, prosecutors said.
During the incident, two of the teens were said to have clung to the back of the SUV while a driver without a license was driving around.
One of the guys holding his back fell and hit his head, prosecutors say, blacking out for 20-30 seconds.
Pictured: 47-year-old mother Shannon O’Connor, accused of throwing sex parties for her son and his friends
O’Connor’s son was reportedly a player on the Los Gatos High School freshman soccer team at the time; the mother of one of the girls involved said the boys were teammates.
The mother said she raised her concerns about drinking at parties to coaches and school officials in early 2021, but was told there was nothing they could do about it because it was off campus.
“I really don’t think the high school took responsibility for their part of this,” the mother told Mercury News.
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District said in a statement that it is “investigating all issues arising on our campuses and working closely with law enforcement to support their investigation of matters occurring outside of school.”
“It is important to note that we take the topic of underage drinking very seriously and are constantly working to promote awareness and dialogue in our classrooms and our community,” the district said.
‘In addition, parents and families also play a crucial role in setting clear expectations about the behavior of our young people and monitoring their activities. Only together can we tackle social issues such as substance abuse effectively.’
The DA said O’Conner faces charges of felony including child abuse and sexual assault, and she faces unrelated fraud charges over $120,000 in unauthorized charges on corporate credit.
She was an administrative assistant at Aruba Networks.
“Everyone should be relieved that this woman is not on the street,” the mother of one of the girls told Mercury News.
“She was taking care of these kids, setting them up for sex acts, and she’s a mother and she’s doing this to her own child. … I racked my brains trying to figure out what was in it for her.’