[UPDATED with Insanity Plea:] Anthony Nicholas Orban, Ex-Westminster PD Detective, Blames Rape of Waitress on Meds for Stress From Iraq War

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UPDATE, JULY 20, 10:36 A.M.: Eight months ago, the Weekly reported that Anthony Nicholas Orban's defense attorneys seemed to be cooking up an insanity plea to charges that the then-Westminster Police detective abducted a waitress in Ontario and raped her with a gun to her head in nearby Fontana.

Last week, Orban pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the felony counts that could draw him a sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Wait . . . what? The strapping fellow on the opener page is insane? Let's take a closer look:

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What, me crazy?
OK, Orban defense attorney James E. Blatt, you got us.

The stakes are high. If Blatt's client, a 32-year-old Irvine resident, is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would likely receive an indefinite sentence in a state mental hospital as opposed to a life term in the joint. That conceivably means he could later be released from the hospital following treatment.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the plea Orban entered Friday at West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga means his trial will consist of two phases: one to determine if he is guilty of the crimes, and a second to rule on whether he's nuts.

Blatt last year tipped his hand to an insanity-plea defense spurred by the anti-depression cocktail of medications his client was prescribed to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome allegedly suffered after serving with the Marines in Iraq.

A 25-year-old waitress at the Dave & Buster's at the Ontario Mills shopping mall endured much suffering of her own on April 3, 2010. As she reached her SUV after her shift, she was abducted by a stranger who forced her into her vehicle, drove her to the lot of a Fontana business and choked her, repeatedly slapped her, punched her, rubbed her face with a handgun, gagged her with the gun barrel, twice threatened to kill her, ordered her at gunpoint to give him oral sex and photographed her with a cell phone while raping her.

A text message the attacker sent with the photo read, "Look what I'm doing." But that was followed by a call to his cell that seemed to snap him out of the old ultraviolence and produce an appy-polly-loggies for what he had done.

After he got dressed and left the vehicle, she bolted out and asked an employee at a nearby business to call the police. When cops arrived at the scene, they did not find the attacker but they did find Orban's police service revolver in the SUV. His arrest swiftly followed.

It turned out Orban had been drinking in Ontario that day with Jeffrey Thomas Jelinek and--like his pal--the Chino state prison guard was originally charged with sexual assault and kidnapping and facing a life sentence under the theory he aided and abetted the crimes, even though he was not present for the rape.

Jelinek pleaded guilty to reduced charges in April in exchange for agreeing to testify against Orban. Jelinek was sentenced to five years and four months at a correctional facility run by his former employer.

Blatt tells the Daily Bulletin the defense does not dispute Orban abducted and raped the waitress. But he reportedly said his client suffered a "psychotic break from reality" brought on by being over-prescribed the anti-depressant Zoloft and the anti-seizure medication Neurontin. (Would that not make whoever over-prescribed the drugs as much of an accessory as Jelinek? Just sayin' . . .)

The paper also quotes Orban's prosecutor, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus, as saying the ex-cop's plea does not change her case one bit, that she believes Orban was sane at the time of the crimes he's now apparently admitted to, drugs or no drug, and that he's guilty as charged.

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Ronnie Freeman
Ronnie Freeman

You can chuck it up to two guys that thought that they were above the law and didn’t think they would get caught. It goes to say that this might not have been there first time. I mean how many people get caught there first time. Bank robbers don’t get caught there first time. Murders don’t and guess who else doesn’t get caught there first time Rapists. You know that this guy was tired of seeing guys play out his sick and twisted fantasy, and getting away with it. So he thought he would play it out for himself, and he got caught. If guys like this are making it into our law enforcement, what does it say about our enforcement agencies?  I am scared to let my family outside in fear that they will be hurt, not by the common criminal but by law enforcement. It would be one thing if it was an isolated incident but this crap is happening a lot.  I know the girl that was raped by these ex-officers. She didn’t deserve to be treated this way. This has changed her for life, and that’s what both ex-cops should have got. One only got five years. The prosecution told the community that they will not be given any deals. Like I said before if guys like this are making it into our law enforcement, what does it say about our enforcement agencies?     

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Zak
Zak

Really " what about the people on harder drugs like benzos and blow that don't go insane, let alone rape woman.

Provoriver
Provoriver

Come on now. Its insane just how many corrupt cops there are and so many in OC alone! I mean just do a count on just the number of arrested OC cops reported in OC Weekly alone this year!!!! Its insane how many are crooks. Its getting worse and worse each year as corruption grows by numbers in Law Enforcement

Theodore Cibran
Theodore Cibran

Hi Ronie Freeman, I wanted to know if you knew about the outcome of the case where he plead insanity 7 months ago.  There is no coverage in the media anymore.  I guess the OC police put a gag order on the media because they are so embarrassed.  Any information would be appreciated, thanks.

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