The husband of a 31-year-old special education teacher in Corona accused of having sex with five teenage boys is standing by her side.
Summer Michelle Hansen, who teaches life skills at Corona's Centennial High School, appeared in a Riverside County Superior Court hearing Thursday to be arraigned on 16 felony counts related to the sex allegations, but it was postponed to September.
Her attorney has vigorously denied the allegations, and Hansen’s friends and family have come to her defense. And outside the courtroom after the hearing, her husband told NBC4-TV that the couple was leaning on their faith to get through the ordeal.
“The truth will come out someway, somehow,” he said as he and Hansen walked away hand-in-hand. “Our faith is getting us through it, and that’s it, that’s all we have to say.”
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.
A judge Thursday rescheduled her arraignment for Sept. 12. Prosecutors could seek 13 years in prison for Hansen if she is convicted on all charges.