Berkeley High Teacher Arrested in Sting, Pleads Innocent to Prostitution Charge

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

A Berkeley High School teacher pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge Wednesday for soliciting prostitution.

The teacher, Shannon Williams, will face a pretrial hearing next Wednesday for allegedly selling sexual acts in an Oakland apartment last week. She was arrested Aug. 13 in an apartment in Oakland's Rose Garden neighborhood by undercover officers, police said.

Police set up a sting operation after receiving a tip that Williams and another woman were soliciting sex in the Oakland apartment, said Danielle Ashford, spokesperson for the Oakland Police Department.

Within 24 hours of the tip, Oakland police Officer Mark Turpin made contact with Williams. After she allegedly agreed to perform certain sex acts for $250 in cash, she was arrested, police said.

Turpin was unavailable for comment.

Another woman may have been involved, Ashford said.

Williams had leased the apartment for about a year prior to the arrest, Ashford added.

Katya Komisaruk, Williams' attorney from the Just Cause Law Collective, criticized the police's handling of the case.

Komisaruk claimed that the team of officers that burst into the apartment harassed Williams.

"Why did it take nine to 11 officers to arrest one prostitute?" Komisaruk said.

Ashford said that she did not know about the number of officers involved.

Komisaruk claimed police unfairly targeted Williams because she was a high school teacher.

"There are prostitute arrests everyday. The reason they decided to crucify Shannon is that she had been a school teacher," Komisaruk said. "They thought it was a fun assignment, that's why there were so many of them."

Williams will take the year off from her part-time job at Berkeley High for family reasons, according to Komisaruk.

Williams declined to comment.


Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his positio...Read More»
Image Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the busines...Read More»
Image Campus graduate takes new first steps
UC Berkeley's graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whi...Read More»
Image Regents rescind part of approval
The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for th...Read More»
Image UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions M...Read More»
Image UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revis...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space