Laura Elizabeth Whithurst (KCAL9)
REDLANDS (CBSLA.com) - A 28-year-old high school teacher is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy who fathered her child, police said Tuesday.
Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Monday after police questioned her at her home in Redlands.
Whitehurst is a teacher at Citrus Valley High School, where she served as an adviser to the then-16-year-old victim who is now 17, police said.
The sexual relationship allegedly began last summer and continued for nearly a year.
"They met approximately a year ago and started talking away from school and developed a relationship there. One thing led to another and he ended up at her residence and it's been going on for about a year," said Cmdr. Shawn Ryan of the Redlands Police Department.
The victim's mother reported the relationship to school officials, who, in turn, called police on Monday.
Whitehurst, who gave birth to a child on June 18, was arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
She was released after posting $25,000 bail.
The Redlands Unified School District would not comment on an ongoing investigation, but issued a statement in response to the arrest.
"The district was recently made aware of allegations involving a high school student and teacher. We immediately notified the police and placed the employee on leave," Assistant Superintendent Sabine Robertson-Phillips said.
Parents were in disbelief Tuesday night over the allegations.
"I hope it's not true because it's such a sad thing," said Brandi McMurtry. "They're just kids. We've got to protect them, not corrupt them."
"I just can't believe it. I hear it all the time on the news, but I would never think this school," said Aide Orona, whose daughter once had Whitehurst as a teacher.
Detectives are continuing their investigation.
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