Aug 17, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Press-Enterprise – Teacher Summer Michelle Hansen wanted to give a student at Corona’s Centennial High School a “prize” for doing well in a baseball game — and that prize turned out to be sex, a court document asserts.
A declaration written by a Corona police detective who was seeking a search warrant detailed more of the information on which Corona police based their decision to arrest her.
Hansen, 31, was arrested June 20 on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and five other related felonies. Hansen has not appeared in court or made a plea. Police say there are three student victims.Hansen’s attorney, David Cohn, said Wednesday, July 3, that he has defended a dozen similar cases and feels strongly that Hansen is innocent. Cohn said he believes text messages with sexual content supposedly sent by Hansen were actually the work of phone hackers. Supporting that belief, Cohn said, is that some of Hansen’s friends, neighbors and relatives have received those texts.
“She’s adamant that she’s done nothing wrong,” Cohn said.
As for the statements three students made to police that they’d had sex with Hansen, Cohn said he was investigating those students’ motivation.
Hansen has posted bail and is out of custody.The declaration by Detective Gail Gottfried said that June 19, three days after the Centennial principal called police, a student identified as John Doe No. 1 told another detective that Hansen had sent “inappropriate text messages suggesting sexual contact.”
At some point, Hansen asked the student what he wanted as a prize for the baseball game, the declaration said. Hansen and the student then exchanged suggestive messages that ended with Hansen saying she wanted to have sex with the student, the declaration said.
Hansen sent the student, then 17, photos of her naked in a tanning bed and also in her underwear, the declaration said.
The student said that sometime in April or May 2013, he was in what’s known as Saturday school. That’s where students receive discipline or make up work after missing class because of truancies or absences. Teachers volunteer for that assignment
On that day, Hansen was supervising. The other students departed about 12:30 p.m., leaving Hansen and the boy alone. Gottfried’s declaration then detailed a sex act between Hansen and the student.
Gottfried went on to write that the teen said two other underage students at the school told the teen that they had had sex with Hansen on campus.
Corona police Sgt. Kim Velasco said in an interview that investigators later spoke with those other students. They corroborated the teen’s claim that they also had sex with Hansen, Velasco said.
The declaration sought a search warrant for Hansen’s Corona house and her parents’ Corona house, where Hansen was staying while her house was being sold. Detectives also wanted to search two vehicles registered to Hansen and her husband, Sean.
And they sought evidence directly from Hansen as well — they wanted to take a photo of her tattoos, including a butterfly on her right buttocks/hip area, as well as a DNA sample.
The warrant was served June 20. Items seized included an iPhone, computer, camera, underwear and the Dodgers shirt that the student said Hansen was wearing during their Saturday school encounter.