Murrieta Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Accusations of Sexual Relationship with Student

A Murrieta high school teacher appeared in court Friday after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her students nearly two months ago.

Shannon Fosgett, 44, pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 18 and two counts of oral copulation with a minor, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Fosgett was arrested on Dec. 4 on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage male student at Murrieta Valley High School, where she was a teacher. The relationship reportedly began with after-hours texting and escalated to a sexual relationship, according to police.

Fosgett resigned from her job a day after being placed on leave by the school district. The alleged relationship was brought to school officials by other students, according to a police statement.

According to court records, Fosgett also faces charges of child annoyance involving a second victim.

At a Murrieta courtroom on Friday, a group of students and parents showed up wearing #boyslivesmatter t-shirts in support of the two victims.

Fosgett was released from custody on the day of her arrest. She is due back in court on March 7.

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