UPDATED AT 4:22 p.m.: A Corona high school teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with male students pleaded not guilty today to multiple felony charges.
Centennial High School special education instructor Summer Michelle Hansen, 31, was arrested June 20 and is on paid administrative leave from her job.
Hansen, who is free on a $150,000 bond, appeared with her attorney before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, who set an Oct. 29 felony conference.
The defendant could face up to 13 years behind bars if convicted of seven counts of oral copulation of a minor, six counts of statutory rape and three counts of distributing pornographic material to a child.
Defense attorney David Cohn said last month that his client "did not have any sexual relations -- period -- with any of the boys."
"There was no lewd touching, no weird touching, nothing at all," he said.
The alleged crimes involved five teenage boys -- all students at the school, according to District Attorney's Office spokesman John Hall.
"The crimes are alleged to have taken place from May 2012 through May 2013, and took place in her classroom, in a utility room at the school, in her vehicle while parked near one victim's home, and at another victim's home," Hall said.
A bail-setting affidavit filed by prosecutors alleges that Hansen had oral sex with a student who was in her classroom for Saturday school; sent a former student texts that were "sexual in nature"; sent students cell phone photos of herself naked or in her underwear; and had sex with two students on campus.
One 17-year-old boy "stated that Hansen made him feel like he was the only one engaged in this sexual relationship with her. (He) stated that while engaging in these sexual acts, he lost his virginity with Hansen," according to the affidavit.
Another 17-year-old said Hansen contacted him about a school function.
"However, the texting and phone calls turned to flirting and eventually kissing on two separate occasions and then to having sexual intercourse in her classroom after school hours," the affidavit alleges.
Multiple alleged victims said they didn't know how Hansen got their phone numbers.
Cohn said Hansen's phone had been hacked, and his client didn't send any of the alleged messages or photos.
"She actually went to the phone company twice, changed her phone twice," he said. "She went to the school. People were receiving texts, emails and photographs from her that she states she did not send."
In mid-June, school district officials notified the Corona Police Department about a possible "inappropriate relationship" between Hansen and a former student at the school, culminating in a wider investigation that led to charges. --City News Service