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Corona teacher accused of sex with teens

Corona special education teacher Summer Michelle Hansen faces up to 13 years in prison if she is convicted on charges of having sex with five teens.

August 13, 2013|By Richard Winton
  • Summer Michelle Hansen, 31, is charged with 16 felony counts involving sex acts with five boys younger than 16.
Summer Michelle Hansen, 31, is charged with 16 felony counts involving… (Corona Police Department )

A female teacher at Corona's Centennial High School is facing charges of having sex with five teenage boys over the last year.

Summer Michelle Hansen, 31, a special education teacher, was charged Tuesday with 16 felony counts involving sex acts with five teenagers younger than 18, none of whom were her students.

Riverside prosecutors allege that from May 2012 to May 2013, Hansen committed sexual acts with the teenagers — who were as young as 16 — in her classroom, in a campus utility room, in her vehicle parked near a teenager's home and at the home of another teenager.

Hansen was arrested in June after Corona police conducted an initial investigation. Detectives allege that the teacher rewarded one of the boys with sex for winning a baseball game.

The teacher is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, unlawful oral copulation with a minor and sending harmful material to a minor. Hansen allegedly sent naked pictures of herself to one of the teenagers.

Prosecutors could seek up to 13 years in prison for Hansen if she is convicted of all the charges. Hansen's attorney, David Cohn, denied that Hansen broke any laws.

Corona police began investigating Hansen after the Corona-Norco Unified School District reported a possible inappropriate relationship between Hansen and a former student. The district placed Hansen on leave.

Detectives continued to gather evidence in the case and identified four other alleged victims after Hansen posted bail.

Parents and friends have rallied around Hansen, who has taught at Centennial for nearly five years, and questioned the accusers' motives.

richard.winton@latimes.com

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