Redlands Teacher Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst Arrested after Allegedly Having Student’s Baby
CBS Los Angeles reports 28-year-old Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst stands accused of having a year-long illicit relationship with a 16-year-old student at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, where she taught English.
“They met approximately a year ago and started talking away from school and developed a relationship there,” Redlands Police Cmdr. Shawn Ryan told reporters following Whitehurst’s Monday arrest. “One thing led to another and he ended up at her residence and it’s been going on for about a year.”
Whitehurst was an adviser to the teen, who allegedly impregnated her late last year. She gave birth to the baby boy on June 18.
Whitehurst has been charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. She was booked into a local jail and later released after posting a $25,000 bond, the New York Daily News reports. She has also been suspended from her teaching position.
CBS Los Angeles also reports that another one of Whitehurst’s former students has come forward with allegations that he too engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with her.
“I was 17, she was 23 at the time,” Michael Cooper said. “In no way do I feel victimized at all. I was 17, I was hormonal, I had a good time. I was excited it was happening at the time. But it’s done, it’s over with. I’m not emotionally scarred.”
Police told reporters that they are investigating the possibility that Whitehurst was involved with another boy.