UPDATED AT 4:11 P.M. AUG. 15, 2013: Arraignment was pushed back to September today for a Corona high school teacher accused of sex crimes involving five students.
Summer Michelle Hansen is charged with 16 felony counts, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, unlawful oral copulation with a minor and sending harmful matter to a minor. If convicted, she could face up to 13 years in prison, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.
Hansen, on leave from her job as a special education teacher at Centennial High School, is free on bail. The 31-year-old Corona resident was scheduled to be arraigned this morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice, but the hearing was rescheduled to Sept. 12, according to court records.
Her attorney, David Cohn, said his client "did not have any sexual relations -- period -- with any of the boys. No lewd touching, no weird touching, nothing at all."
The alleged crimes involve five underage boys. All were students at the school, but none were Hansen's students, according to district attorney's 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 declaration in support of examination of bail 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 underwear; and had sex with two students on campus.
One 17-year-old student "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 declaration.
Another 17-year-old student alleged that 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 declaration states.
Multiple alleged victims said they didn't know how Hansen got their phone numbers, according to the declaration.
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, the Corona Norco Unified School District notified the Corona Police Department about a possible "inappropriate relationship" between Hansen and a former student at the school.
The school district placed Hansen on administrative leave, and police started an investigation that led to Hansen's arrest on June 20, Hall said. She posted a $150,000 bond the next day, according to jail records. --City News Service