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Teacher 'Had Baby With Under Age Pupil'

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

'Teacher had affairs with three underage pupils - and had a baby by one'

A teacher has been charged with 41 counts of sex with a minor after having a baby by one of her underage pupils.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, from Redlands, California, was arrested after the mother of the boy - now 17 - reported their alleged year-long relationship and subsequent birth of their child.

It is believed the teen even attended the birth of his baby. Since the arrest last week, two more former students from Citrus Valley High School have come forward to claim they had a sexual relationship with the teacher.

If Whitehurst is convicted, she faces up to 29 years in prison. Her bail has been set at $750,000.

According to reports, Whitehurst told investigators she and the father of her child began having sex at her apartment after a Disneyland trip in 2012.

The boy's mother became aware of the affair between her son and his teacher and notified the Redlands United School District, which in turn contacted police.

Whitehurst gave birth to a child on June 18, and police say her former student is the father.

Since her arrest last week, Whitehurst had been placed on leave.

"Nothing is as important to us as the safety of our students and the District takes this arrest very seriously. We are fully cooperating with police in their investigation of this matter," said Assistant School Superintendent Sabine Robertson-Phillips.

Another victim was a 14-year-old freshman during the time of their alleged relationship.

"The victim, now 20, told police that he and Whitehurst had sex in her classroom before school, as well as at her apartment and in her car," a police news release stated.

The latest victim to come forward said he was 16 when he had sex with Whitehurst when she was his English teacher at Redlands High School.

The victim, 22-year-old Michael Cooper, told local TV news the class had been told to write about their dreams and afterwards, Whitehurst told him she had dreamed of kissing him during a school field trip.

"I didn't have anything to say really," he said. "I was like, 'Oh really, that's crazy', and a couple of days later, we ended up actually kissing."

He said that they kissed in her classroom and two weeks later, she invited him to her apartment and he spent the night. They continued to have sex a few times a month but he said he never felt as if they were in a relationship, but when they contacted each other, they both knew what was going to happen, he said.

But in spring 2008, he said she stopped returning the teacher's messages and calls as he had a girlfriend and had started to feel guilty. They eventually broke the relationship off amicably, he said.

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