Another former student has come forward to claim he had a sexual relationship with a teacher who has since been arrested for having a baby with one of the 16-year-olds. The second alleged victim contacted a newspaper in Redlands, California.
Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, had been arrested after giving birth. The baby was allegedly fathered by a 16-year-old student that Whitehurst met while acting as his adviser at Citrus Valley High School. They allegedly had a year-long relationship.
Now the second victim, who is 22, said that he visited the teacher’s home several times while she taught him English at Redlands High School in 2007. She would have been 22.
He told the Redlands Daily Facts that the class had been instructed to write about their dreams and afterwards, Whitehurst told him that she had dreamed of kissing him.
He said that it led to a sexual relationship and he visited her home.
“I don’t think I was taken advantage of,” he told the Daily Facts. “Morally I feel like I shouldn’t have done that, but at the time I was like, ‘Woohoo, this is awesome’.”
He has filed a police report but told authorities he does not wish to press charges.
The teacher said that they had a relationship “but not to that extent,” Redlands police Detective Natasha Crawford said during a phone interview.
Whitehurst was taken into custody in connection with the first student just before 9pm on Monday after being questioned at her Redlands home.
The 28-year-old, who teaches 10th-grade English at Citrus Valley High School, faces a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. She was released from jail after posting $25,000. According to the Redlands Police Department, Whitehurst’s underage lover was 16 years old during their
year-long relationship, which allegedly started last summer.
The mother of the alleged victim, who is now 17, 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 June 18, and police say her former student is the father. Since her arrest Monday evening, Whitehurst had been placed on administrative 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,” Assistant School Superintendent Sabine Robertson-Phillips said.