Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CA Teacher's Aide Gets Jail in Sex Case - Updated

(Glenn County, California) Former teacher's aide Laura M. Gallegos has pleaded guilty to one felony charge of "arranging to have sex with a teenager."

As a result of an agreement, multiple counts of felony sex with a minor were dismissed.

Sentencing was last Friday and Gallegos received one year in the Glenn County Jail. She was also ordered to serve four years of probation upon release. According to Glenn County Assistant District Attorney John Vacek,
Vacek said the judge could have sentenced her to more time on the single felony, but felt the sentence was reasonable within the perimeters of the case.

"She will have to register as a sex offender," said Vacek. "That's the big deal."
Immediately after sentencing, Gallegos was taken away in handcuffs.

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California Mom Accused of Sex with HS Wrestlers
[Previous 8/19/10 post]
(Willows, California) A 38-year-old teacher's aide formerly at Shasta High School, Laura Michelle Gallegos, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly engaging in sex with with members of the Orland High School wrestling team.
On April 11 the Sheriff's Office received a call from an Orland area mother who told a dispatcher she believed her son, 15, was receiving explicit messages from an adult female.

The mother later told a deputy her son was an Orland High wrestler and the team had just returned from a tournament in Reno.

While at the tournament, the mother found a saved contact on her son's cell phone listed as "GF."

A mother of another wrestler sitting nearby said her son's cell phone had received a text message from "GF" and it was determined to have come from Gallegos.

The suspect was known to one of the mothers as a woman in her late 30s and a teacher's aide in Redding.

When the mother questioned her son about the contact, he emotionally admitted they had been "sexting" each other.

During this time, according to the press release, a 17-year-old boy on the Orland team was identified as a possible second victim.
Gallegos faces charges of exhibiting lewd material to a minor, contacting a minor to commit lewd acts, arranging meetings with a minor to commit lewd acts, oral copulation, and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger.

Gallegos was booked into custody at the Glenn County Jail and released on $110,000 bond.

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