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July 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher arrested this week after giving birth to a baby allegedly fathered by one of her students may have had inappropriate sexual relationships with three students from two schools, authorities say. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, joined the Redlands Unified School District six years ago as an English teacher at Redlands High School and allegedly began sexual relationships with two boys, one as young as 14, authorities say....
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December 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Redlands Unified School District will keep a high school teacher on the payroll until June and pay a $505,000 settlement to a student who said in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by the educator. The school board agreed to pay the former Redlands East Valley High School student to settle a lawsuit alleging that teacher Megan Kelly preyed on and sexually abused her, and that the district ignored obvious signs of inappropriate contact. As part of the deal, the district must keep Kelly - who has been on paid leave for 2 1/2 years - on the payroll until June, when she will be required to resign and will be ineligible to reapply to work at the district.
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July 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher arrested this week after giving birth to a baby allegedly fathered by one of her students may have had inappropriate sexual relationships with three students from two different schools, authorities say. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, joined the Redlands Unified School District six years ago as an English teacher at Redlands High School and allegedly began sexual relationships with two boys, one as young as...
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October 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher who was placed on leave more than 2½ years ago is set to face accusations in court next week that she sexually abused one of her students, even checking the girl out of school so they could be together. Megan Kelly, a teacher at Redlands East Valley High School, was not charged when prosecutors reviewed the case in 2011 but is now being dragged into civil court to face her accuser, a former student who says the instructor preyed on her typical school-girl weaknesses and, over time, began sexually abusing her. The student, who is not being identified because of the nature of the allegations, is suing Kelly for sexual battery and emotional distress, and the school district for failing to prevent the alleged attacks.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student was charged Monday with 41 felony counts of sexual intercourse and oral copulation in connection with three boys. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a student at Citrus Valley High School. She gave birth last month to a child fathered by the now 17-year-old student. After her arrest, two other former students came forward saying they had sex with her during her six-year tenure at Redlands Unified School District.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 felony counts of sex crimes with three boys she taught. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, whom her lawyer called "a clean-cut American girl," remained behind bars on $750,000 bail. She was rearrested Monday after San Bernardino Dist. Atty. Michael Ramos charged her with sexually abusing three boys. Whitehurst was first arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a student from Citrus Valley High School.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Redlands schools superintendent denied an allegation in a police search warrant that school officials failed to immediately report their knowledge of a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that resulted in a baby. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a 16-year-old Citrus Valley High School student and is now under investigation for having sexual contact with at least two other students during her six-year tenure.
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July 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
New questions have emerged about the Redlands high school teacher arrested this week after giving birth to a baby allegedly fathered by one of her students. Police now say she may have had inappropriate sexual relationships with three students from two different schools, authorities say. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, joined the Redlands Unified School District six years ago as an English teacher at Redlands High School and allegedly began sexual relationships with two boys, one as young as 14, authorities say. Whitehurst was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual abuse for an alleged relationship with a then-16-year-old Citrus Valley High School student that lasted nearly a year, authorities said.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Police say a Redlands high school teacher who had a student's baby admitted to them that she had an “ongoing sexual relationship” with the boy. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex numerous times with a Citrus Valley High School student. She gave birth last month to a child fathered by the now 17-year-old student. After her arrest, two other former students came forward saying they had had sex with her during her six years as teacher in the Redlands Unified School District.
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July 31, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been corrected. See notes below for details.
A former Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom to half a dozen sex crimes. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, had faced   41 felony counts  of sex crimes with three boys she taught. With the plea deal, she admitted guilt to six counts -- four for un lawful sexual intercourse and two for oral copulation of a person under 18. In addition to jail, Whitehurst was placed on five years' probation, must undergo counseling and register for life as a sex offender.
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August 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former Redlands high school teacher convicted of having sex with her students could next face a civil suit, an attorney for one of her victims said. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, pleaded guilty to sex acts with three boys and was sentenced to one year in jail this week. She gave birth to a child by one of the boys this summer. With the plea deal, she admitted guilt to six counts -- four for unlawful sexual intercourse and two for oral copulation of a person under 18. "This is a slap in the face to the victims," said attorney Heather Cullen, whose law firm represents the family of the boy who fathered a child with Whitehurst.
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July 31, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been corrected. See notes below for details.
A former Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom to half a dozen sex crimes. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, had faced   41 felony counts  of sex crimes with three boys she taught. With the plea deal, she admitted guilt to six counts -- four for un lawful sexual intercourse and two for oral copulation of a person under 18. In addition to jail, Whitehurst was placed on five years' probation, must undergo counseling and register for life as a sex offender.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 felony counts of sex crimes with three boys she taught. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, whom her lawyer called "a clean-cut American girl," remained behind bars on $750,000 bail. She was rearrested Monday after San Bernardino Dist. Atty. Michael Ramos charged her with sexually abusing three boys. Whitehurst was first arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a student from Citrus Valley High School.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Police say a Redlands high school teacher who had a student's baby admitted to them that she had an “ongoing sexual relationship” with the boy. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex numerous times with a Citrus Valley High School student. She gave birth last month to a child fathered by the now 17-year-old student. After her arrest, two other former students came forward saying they had had sex with her during her six years as teacher in the Redlands Unified School District.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Redlands schools superintendent denied an allegation in a police search warrant that school officials failed to immediately report their knowledge of a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that resulted in a baby. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a 16-year-old Citrus Valley High School student and is now under investigation for having sexual contact with at least two other students during her six-year tenure.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands school district officials waited six weeks to tell police about allegations of a sexual relationship between a teenage student and a teacher who later gave birth to his baby, according to court records. The Redlands Police Department said in a search warrant that school officials appeared to ignore state law, which requires educators to immediately report abuse allegations to authorities. The teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, was charged Monday with multiple sex crimes involving three boys who were her students.
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August 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former Redlands high school teacher convicted of having sex with her students could next face a civil suit, an attorney for one of her victims said. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, pleaded guilty to sex acts with three boys and was sentenced to one year in jail this week. She gave birth to a child by one of the boys this summer. With the plea deal, she admitted guilt to six counts -- four for unlawful sexual intercourse and two for oral copulation of a person under 18. "This is a slap in the face to the victims," said attorney Heather Cullen, whose law firm represents the family of the boy who fathered a child with Whitehurst.
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July 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former student has come forward to police alleging he had sex with a Redlands high school teacher arrested by authorities, who revealed her child was fathered by a student. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of having a nearly yearlong sexual relationship with a Citrus Valley High School student. Whitehurst gave birth June 18 to a child, whose father is the victim, said Cmdr. Shawn Ryan of the Redlands Police Department. But the troubles for the English teacher and advisor escalated after her arrest became public Tuesday.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands school district officials waited six weeks to tell police about allegations of a sexual relationship between a teenage student and a teacher who later gave birth to his baby, according to court records. The Redlands Police Department said in a search warrant that school officials appeared to ignore state law, which mandated educators to immediately report abuse allegations to authorities. The teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, was charged Monday with multiple sex crimes involving three boys who were her students.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Redlands high school teacher whose child was fathered by a teenage student was charged Monday with 41 felony counts of sexual intercourse and oral copulation in connection with three boys. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex repeatedly with a student at Citrus Valley High School. She gave birth last month to a child fathered by the now 17-year-old student. After her arrest, two other former students came forward saying they had sex with her during her six-year tenure at Redlands Unified School District.
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