California woman accused of hosting sex parties for minors had 12 in her home ...

California woman accused of hosting sex parties for minors had 12 in her home ...
California woman accused of hosting sex parties for minors had 12 in her home ...

A mom-of-two who has been accused of hosting secret alcohol-fueled sex parties for her 15-year-old son and his friends while living in California had a dozen teenagers at her new home in Idaho when deputies arrived to arrest her. 

Shannon O'Connor, 47, who was living 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 while the teenagers engaged in sex acts, some of which were said to be nonconsensual, prosecutors claim.

At the time of her arrest in Star, Idaho, on a warrant out of California, deputies discovered 12 minors on O'Connor's property and had her own two sons taken away by social services after deeming them to be in 'imminent danger.' 

In addition to the dozens of charges O'Connor has been hit with stemming from allegedly throwing alcohol-fueled parties for minors, she faces unrelated counts of for allegedly stealing money from her former employer.   

Prosecutors have claimed that 47-year-old mother Shannon O'Connor (pictured) would watch and laugh while her son's friends engaged in sex acts at parties she hosted

Prosecutors have claimed that 47-year-old mother Shannon O'Connor (pictured) would watch and laugh while her son's friends engaged in sex acts at parties she hosted

The mother is said to have kept the parties secret from her husband and other parents while 14- and 15-year-olds would get so drunk they 'would vomit, be unable to stand, and fall unconscious,' prosecutors said.

O'Connor is married to Robert Amaral, chief revenue officer at SlashNext, an anti-fraud software company.  

'It took a lot of brave children to come forward and to untangle this deeply disturbing case,' District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.

'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, who is also known as Shannon Bruga, was arrested as a fugitive in Ada county, Idaho, where she now lives, and booked into an Idaho jail with prosecutors planning to extradite her to California.

There, she is facing a list of 39 criminal counts, including 12 felony child endangerment charges, as well as counts of sexual battery,

When deputies from the Ada County Sheriff's Office in Idaho arrived at O'Connor's new home in Star to arrest her last Saturday afternoon, they found 10 teenage boys and two girls – most of whom spent the night there, according to officials. 

Detectives contacted the parents of O'Connor's underage guests and later released them. 

O'Connor is facing 39 criminal counts for allegedly hosting alcohol and sex parties for her son and his teenage friends at her home in Los Gatos, California (pictured)

O'Connor is facing 39 criminal counts for allegedly hosting alcohol and sex parties for her son and his teenage friends at her home in Los Gatos, California (pictured) 

Deputies declared Bruga’s two sons to be in imminent danger and placed them in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. 

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, investigators now suspect that O'Connor may have been hosting parties with local teenagers over the last several months. 

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives began investigating O'Connor over the summer after hearing from a local family, which originally connected with the mom-of-two over the internet, and then met her in the Boise area this spring when she started looking for a home in Idaho.

That family later found out about the alleged parties and sexual abuse investigation in California and tried to end their relationship with O'Connor. 

'They told detectives that’s when Bruga started harassing them,' according to the sheriff's office. 

That investigation was still in progress 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 during an eight-month

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