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Former Teacher's Aid Accused Of Sexual Contact With Student

By KRCR News Channel 7
Published On: Aug 18 2010 07:47:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 18 2010 08:08:18 AM CDT

A former teacher's aid at Shasta High School in Redding is facing charges after allegedly having sex with at least one minor.

The Glenn County Sheriff?s Office says the investigation started when they received a call from an Orland area mother who believed her 15-year-old son was receiving explicit text messages from an older woman. The mother told deputies her son was on the Orland High School wrestling team, and while they were at a tournament in Reno, she noticed her son?s cell phone with a saved contact listed as ?GF? with a phone number.

By chance, the mother of another wrestler had received a text message from the same number, which belonged to a third mother, Laura Gallegos, who at the time was a teacher's aid at Shasta High School. The mother told officials when she confronted her son about the text messages, he admitted they had been ?sexting? each other.

During this time, a second possible victim, age 17, from Orland and a member of the wrestling team was also identified.

That teen admitted meeting Gallegos for the first time in Red Bluff during his lunch period at school in March, and having sexual contact with her inside a vehicle. The victim also told investigators the suspect had performed a sex act on him while seated in the stands at the wrestling finals in Bakersfield, and that they had met for sex in Corning on a separate occasion.

An arrest warrant was issued for Gallegos' arrest in Glenn County, charging her with two counts of exhibiting lewd material to a minor, three counts of contacting a minor to commit lewd acts, two counts of arranging meetings with a minor to commit lewd acts, one count of oral copulation, and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor with a three year, or more, age difference. Her bail was set at $110,000.

Gallegos turned herself in to correctional officers at the Glenn County Jail in Willows on Tuesday, and was booked. She posted bond and is set to appear in Glenn County Superior Court on September 21st.