Friday, August 19, 2011

Update on one-time Fuentes/GOP golden boy Jeffrey Ray Nielsen

Both gay and anti-gay
     This morning, OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley updates his story about one-time GOP golden boy—and sexual predator—Jeffrey Ray Nielsen: Ex-Rohrabacher Aide Can't Stay Clean Even After Prison:
     There was a time in Orange County when Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, the son of a Fountain Valley Republican mayor, seemed destined for a lofty perch. Nielsen got into USC Law School based, in part, on the personal recommendation of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the man who'd repeatedly take him to the nation's capital as a trusted aide. ... Before his downfall, the self-styled Christian conservative—a junior Rush Limbaugh in training—liked to berate liberals and gays for destroying the nation.
     The ironic Nielsen collapse began in the 1990s when he used his connections to win an internship inside the Orange County District Attorney's office. Police caught him urinating in public during a date….
     We may never be able to reconcile how Nielsen, who hobnobbed with Orange County's most powerful political leaders like Tom Fuentes and Scott Baugh, breathlessly targeted 7th, 8th and 9th grade boys for romance and sex while simultaneously quoting Biblical passages and hailing Ronald Reagan.
     After his 2003 arrest for the lewd, determined pursuit of a troubled Westminster High School student, Nielsen told friends that his political connections would help him quietly make the case against him go away. I made sure that didn't happen…. [My research] lead me to another victim, who as a 7th grader found himself used for two years as a sexual object by Nielsen, who'd been prowling a church youth group while working for Rohrabacher.
     In March 2008, Nielsen—then a Ladera Ranch resident who attempted to claim he was the victim of a liberal media plot run from the Weekly offices—dropped the pretense of innocence, pleaded guilty and earned himself a 36-month stint in a California prison….
     In Dec. 2009, we reported that Nielsen had been released from prison and was living in Laguna Beach.
. . .
…We've learned that in April 2010—just four month after his prison departure, Nielsen got drunk in Laguna Beach, crashed his car into a parked car and found himself under arrest again, according to court records.
. . .
     [Superior Court Judge Robert] Gannon sentenced Nielsen to serve 90 days in jail, attend another alcohol diversion program and live under probation supervision for three years.
     Worse for Nielsen, Gannon…decided in December 2010 to also send him back to prison for four more months.
     He's now free again and we're wondering what's next for the man who turns 41 years old next month.

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