The Los Gatos mother who is making national headlines for allegedly hosting parties for teenagers complete with sex and booze will be staying in jail for now. 47-year-old Shannon O’Connor, who also goes by Shannon Bruga, is facing more than 20 years in prison if she is found guilty of all 39 charges filed against her. The Santa Clara County judge she faced this week denied her bail because they believe she is considered a threat to the community. The judge also granted 15 protective orders to victims, who include one of her own sons.
O’Connor apparently gave out condoms to teens, got them drunk, then encouraged them to have sex while she often watched. This allegedly went down mostly at her home in Los Gatos between June 2020 and May 2021, but there were apparently some other parties in Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz. Prosecutors also claim that she was forceful in getting the teens not to tell their parents, and in one instance a teen allegedly fell from her moving vehicle and got a concussion.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen believes O'Connor got sexual gratification from watching the teen sex acts, though details about O'Connor's involvement in any sex acts have not been publicized. "There is nothing cool about getting teenage children drunk to then commit sexual assaults on one another. Someone who does these things is not cool. A parent who does these things is reckless, irresponsible, and criminal, " Rosen told KTVU.
O’Connor was arrested on October 9th in Idaho, where she had moved in recent months and where she may have continued to host the teen parties. Deputies in Ada County, Idaho are investigating after 12 teens were found with her in her home when she was arrested. She arrived back at the women’s jail in Milpitas earlier this week where she will stay until her next court hearing on December 17th. “We truly all feel she is a threat to the community: We experienced it, our children experienced it, and our community is not safe while she is out on the street,” a mother of one alleged victim told Bay Area News Group.
Bay Area News Group also reports that O’Connor is facing three grand theft charges for using a credit card from her former employer ‘Aruba Networks’ to rack up $120,000 in bills for things like alcohol and limo rides. She is no stranger to these types of charges. KRON4 obtained court documents that show she and her Silicon Valley tech executive husband Robert Amaral pleaded no contest to false worker compensation insurance claims. They were fined thousands of dollars and sent to jail. Prosecutors claim she and the teens worked together to make sure that her husband would not find out about the Los Gatos parties. The whereabouts of Amaral have not been reported, and the couple's two sons were remanded to state custody in Idaho last week.
Rosen said he is proud of the teens who finally came forward. “The children’s actions stand in sharp contrast to the defendant’s irresponsible, reckless and criminal actions,” he said. As for O’Connor, her legal team is working to get the judge to reverse the decision to deny bail, but that is not expected to happen.