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Mum ‘threw underage sex parties’ for her son and ‘pushed teen girls to have sex’

A mother has been accused of hosting secret parties with dozens of teens throughout the year and pushing them to have sex with each other.

Shannon Bruga, also known as Shannon O'Connor, is facing 39 criminal charges, including three counts of child molestation.

Teens reportedly told investigators that Bruga would force sexual behaviour among them at parties, coercing non-consensual sexual acts between two teens who were too drunk to remember it.

The 47-year-old mother, from Los Gatos, California, is alleged to have been addicted to using text messages and Snapchat to organise underage booze-filled parties, some of which were attended by as many as twenty teenagers.

Investigators claim that the woman rented a cottage for her son's 15th birthday party and asked the dozen teen boy and girl attendees to put their phones away.

The party allegedly cost over $9,000 (£6,600) in damages to the rental home.

Parties reportedly took place from June 2020 to May 2021 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and involved mostly 14 and 15-year-olds.

In another shocking instance, the mother allegedly drove her son and two friends in her car while they were drinking, allowing them to then drive around a high school car park.

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At one point it is alleged the son and his friend were hanging off the back of the car when the other boy fell off and lost consciousness for thirty seconds, SFIST reported.

Investigators claim the boy was left with a concussion and "spent the night vomiting," adding that he almost "drowned in the tub due to his intoxication".

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Bruga was questioned by police following the incident after a worried witness called 911 – but she was reportedly able to convince authorities that vomit in her SUV was from carsickness.

The mother was arrested on Saturday at her second Idaho family home, she is now awaiting extradition back to Santa Clara County.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,

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