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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.

    Plea Deal Reached on Teacher Sex Charges

    [LA] Plea Deal Reached on Teacher Sex Charges
    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. (Published Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013)

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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.

    Redlands Teacher Accused of Having Baby with Student May Not Stand Trial

    [LA] Redlands Teacher Accused of Having Baby with Student May Not Stand Trial
    Laura Whitehurst, the Redlands teacher accused of having a baby with one of her high school students, may not go to trial. Whitehurst faces 41 counts of sex and oral copulation with a minor. A deal may soon be reached in the case involving the three alleged victims. Tony Shin reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 30, 2013. (Published Tuesday, Jul 30, 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.

    Redlands Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Unlawful Sex Charges

    [LA] Redlands Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Unlawful Sex Charges
    Laura Whitehurst, the high school teacher who allegedly gave birth to a child fathered by one of her students, appeared in court for the first time Tuesday. She pleaded not guilty on 41 felony counts, including unlawful sex with a boy. Prosecutors say there are three victims, all former students of Whitehurst at Citrus Valley High School. Tony Shin reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 9, 2013. (Published Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013)

    Their baby was born in June. 

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