Ex-teacher accused of sex with students pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE  – A former Corona special education teacher who engaged in sex acts with five of her male students pleaded guilty today to felony charges.
Summer Michelle Hansen, 32, was arrested in 2013 following a Corona police investigation that uncovered numerous instances in which the educator had inappropriate contact with the victims, none of whom were identified.
During a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Hansen admitted seven counts of oral copulation of a minor, six counts of statutory rape and three counts of distributing pornographic material to a child.
Defense attorney David Wohl said that his client “made a decision that she felt was in the best interest of both her and her family.”
“She was facing 16 charges resulting from five different alleged victims that could have resulted in 13 years in state prison had she been convicted at trial,” Wohl said. “After a conference with Judge (Becky) Dugan, Summer agreed to accept the judge’s offer of three years in prison, in exchange for a plea to all charges.”
Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Williams objected to the court-sanctioned deal, but Dugan was unmoved. “We are not opposed to the plea, just the court’s indicated sentence of three years,” D.A.’s office spokesman John Hall said. “We do not feel it’s an appropriate disposition in a case that involves five underage victims.”
Hansen remains free on a $150,000 bond pending sentencing on April 3. Dugan ordered a probation department report delving into the circumstances of the case and to identify any variables that might change the court’s preferred
sentence.
The five boys with whom Hansen had relations were all students at Centennial High School, where the defendant taught special education until her suspension without pay on June 19, 2013.
She will be officially terminated immediately after she’s sentenced, according to Corona-Norco Unified School District spokeswoman Evita Tapia-Gonzalez. She said Hansen had worked at Centennial for roughly five and a half
years before her arrest.
The crimes took place from May 2012 through May 2013 in Hansen’s “classroom, in a utility room at the school, in her vehicle while parked near one victim’s home, and at another victim’s home,” Hall said previously.
According to a bail-setting affidavit filed by prosecutors, Hansen had oral sex with a student who was in her classroom for Saturday school; sent a former student texts that were “sexual in nature”; sent students cell phone
photos of herself naked; and had sex with two students on campus.
One 17-year-old boy stated that “Hansen made him feel like he was the only one engaged in this sexual relationship with her. (He) stated that while engaging in these sexual acts, he lost his virginity with Hansen,” according to the affidavit.
Another 17-year-old said Hansen initially contacted him about a school function, but “the texting and phone calls turned to flirting and eventually kissing on two separate occasions and then to having sexual intercourse in her
classroom after school hours.”
Several victims said they didn’t know how Hansen got their phone numbers. Hansen’s original attorney, David Cohn, said the defendant’s phone was hacked, and she didn’t send any of the messages or photos.
In mid-June 2013, school district officials notified the Corona Police Department about a possible inappropriate relationship between Hansen and a former student, culminating in a wider investigation that led to the charges.

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