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Press Release
July 8, 2013
For Immediate Release

 Contact:

Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665 


District Attorney Charges Redlands High School Teacher

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Redlands high school teacher, who gave birth last month to a baby allegedly fathered by her teen student, has been charged with multiple counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor.

Since this initial allegation, two additional male victims have come forward—both claiming to have had sexual contact with Whitehurst while they were minors.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, of Redlands, is charged with 41 felony counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse and Oral Copulation of a Person Under 18. If convicted as charged, she could face a maximum sentence of up to 29 years in state prison.

Whitehurst was arrested on Monday, July 1, and released after posting $25,000 bail. As a result of new charges filed by prosecutors, bail was increased to $750,000 and a new arrest warrant was issued for Whitehurst. Whitehurst was arrested today without incident and taken into custody.

The case was investigated by the Redlands Police Department and Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.

“Students represent the future of our communities and protecting them will continue to be my number one priority,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is still seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of Whitehurst. If you have been a victim or have additional information please contact Detective Natasha Crawford at (909) 798-7623 or the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office at (909) 382-3660.

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