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Redlands School District Won’t Face Criminal Charges in Teacher Sex Scandal

A former Redlands teacher pleaded guilty in connection with having sex with a former student

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    Laura Whitehurst, a Redlands teacher who allegedly had an affair and a baby with a 16-year-old student, appears in her booking photo from July 8, 2013, when she was re-arrested by the Redlands Police Department after being charged with 41 sex crimes. She was due to appear in court July 31.

    San Bernardino County prosecutors say a Redlands school district won’t face criminal charges for not telling law enforcement of sexual abuse rumors about a teacher who later had a student’s baby.

    In a release Friday, spokesman Christopher Lee says prosecutors reviewed the case to find out if the schools violated the state’s mandated reporter law.

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    The review found the school’s response was prompt after the 17-year-old boy’s mom came to Citrus High School July 1 to report the sexual abuse, saying teacher Laura Whitehurst gave birth to her son’s child.

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    Former Redlands high school teacher Laura Whitehurst pleaded guilty Wednesday to six sex counts involving three victims who were her teen students. Jacob Rascon reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at Noon on July 31, 2013.

    Prior to that, the school didn’t act on rumors, for lack of credible reports.

    The 28-year-old teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor and faces 29 years in prison if convicted.

    Their baby was born in June. 

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