A 31-year-old special education teacher at Corona's Centennial High School is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges she had sex with five teenage boys over the last year.
Summer Michelle Hansen was charged Tuesday with 16 felony counts involving sex acts with five teenagers younger than 18, none of whom were students in her life skills class.
Riverside County prosecutors allege that from May 2012 to May 2013, Hansen committed sexual acts with the teenagers -- who were as young as 16 -- in her classroom, in a campus utility room, in her vehicle parked near a teenager's home and at the home of another teen.
Hansen, who has taught at Centennial for nearly five years, was arrested in June after Corona police conducted an initial investigation. Detectives allege that the teacher rewarded one of the boys with sex for winning a baseball game.
She has been on administrative leave.
Students and parents reacted with surprise and disbelief.
Marrisa Byers, a student at the high school, told KTLA-TV that she hoped the allegations weren’t true, “especially since it’s a special-ed teacher, that hits a little bit harder.”
Prosecutors could seek up to 13 years in prison for Hansen if she is convicted of all the charges.
Hansen's attorney, David Cohn, denied Hansen broke any laws, and parents and friends have rallied around her questioned the accusers' motives. Some have even claimed Hansen’s Facebook page was hacked to make it appear that she “liked” the movie “Bad Teacher.”