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Second Student Claims Sexual Relationship With Redlands Teacher

REDLANDS, Calif. (KTLA) — A second former student has come forward claiming to have had a sexual relationship with a Redlands teacher. The accusation comes in the wake of the teacher’s arrest Monday on the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, was arrested and released on bail after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy. Whitehurst was the student’s adviser at Citrus Valley High School, Redlands police spokesman Carl Baker said in a statement.

On June 18, Whitehurst gave birth to a child fathered by the victim, who is now 17, according to the statement.

After reading a report about Whitehurst’s arrest, a 22-year-old man contacted the Redlands Daily Facts and claimed he and Whitehurst had a sexual relationship he was 16. The man later filed a police report but told the newspaper he did not intend to press charges.

He said he had been a student in Whitehurst’s English class in 2007, when he was a junior at Redlands High School, according to the newspaper.

Whitehurst said “they had some type of relationship but not to that extent,” according to Redlands police Detective Natasha Crawford, who is leading the investigation.

Neither the newspaper nor police have identified the alleged second victim, and no charges have been filed against Whitehurst based on his claims.

Anyone with information regarding the matter was asked to contact Det. Natasha Crawford at (909) 798-7623.

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