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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
Shirley Knopf still walks regularly past the school where she taught for 14 years. But this summer, she was starting to have trouble recognizing the front of it. Hawes Elementary School, where Knopf taught computer classes until 1997, had become overgrown with tall weeds that nearly obscured the camellia trees around the main entrance. So Knopf, the vice president of the Huntington Beach Tree Society, got out her shovel and went to work enlisting the community. "You couldn't even see the plants," Knopf said.
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NEWS
July 27, 2011
Gay Davidson-Shepard, the former Mesa View Middle School teacher charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy, has retired from the Ocean View School District. Davidson-Shepard's retirement was effective May 28, according to district records. She was put on administrative leave after her arrest in April. An official with the district would not say whether Davidson-Shepard's retirement was connected with the case. Her husband, Daniel Shepard, who is also charged in the case, retired from Westminster High School in 2009.
NEWS
July 6, 2011
A teacher and former teacher charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy are scheduled for pretrial Thursday morning. Gay Davidson-Shepard, who has been put on administrative leave from Mesa View Middle School, and her husband, Daniel Shepard, a former teacher at Westminster High School, were arrested at their Huntington Beach home April 20. The hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in courtroom W14 of the West Justice Center...
NEWS
July 6, 2011
An administrator with the Anaheim Union High School District has declined comment on the future status of Christopher John Ontiveros, an Oxford Academy teacher who was acquitted two days earlier of sexual acts with a female student. "The district cannot comment any further on the employee because of his right to confidentiality, so we really can't discuss his employment at this time," said Russell Lee-Sung, the district's assistant superintendent of human resources. Ontiveros was accused of sending a 17-year-old female student sexual text messages, making unsolicited sexual advances and sexually assaulting the girl in his classroom and car. A jury found him not guilty Monday due to lack of evidence that the relationship took place, defense attorney David Cohn said.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
A Huntington Beach resident and Oxford Academy teacher has been acquitted of sexual acts with a teenage girl. The jury delivered its verdict Monday on Christopher John Ontiveros, who taught history at the Cypress campus in the Anaheim Union High School District. Ontiveros, 44, was accused of sending a 17-year-old student sexual text messages, making unsolicited sexual advances and sexually assaulting the girl in his classroom and car. The jury acquitted Ontiveros due to a lack of evidence that the sexual relationship took place, defense attorney David Cohn said.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
Two teachers from Huntington Beach pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple felony counts stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with a minor. A pretrial hearing for Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard is set for July 7 at the West Justice Center in Westminster. Shepard declined to give a statement to the media after the arraignment. Charges against the couple include oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
The arraignment for a Mesa View Middle School teacher and her husband facing charges of having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been postponed to June 2. Attorney John Drummond Barnett, who represents Gay Davidson-Shepard, asked for the delay so that Daniel Alma Shepard can find his own counsel. Barnett was representing both only for the May 19 hearing. Davidson-Shepard, who has been put on administrative leave, and Daniel Alma Shepard, a former teacher at Westminster High School, were arrested at their Huntington Beach home April 20. Shepard and Davidson-Shepard were both charged with multiple felony counts, including oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
NEWS
May 18, 2011
A Mesa View Middle School teacher and former Westminster High School teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy are set to be arraigned Thursday. The arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in courtroom W14 at the West Justice Center in Westminster. Daniel Shepard and his wife, Gay Davidson-Shepard, were arrested in April and charged with multiple felony counts, including oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Coast Community College District may eliminate supplemental pay that helped bring pay rates for part-time instructors to levels closer to their full-time counterparts. The reduction is so-called "parity pay" is aimed at helping the district overcome a $24-million budget shortfall. The Board of Trustees plans to vote Wednesday on whether to cut the funds, which are given to part-timers at the end of each academic year to bring their salaries closer to the amount full-time teachers make for teaching the same classes.
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