Jeffrey Ray Nielsen: Ex-Rohrabacher Aide Can't Stay Clean Even After Prison

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Nielsen during his 2010 arrest
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 enthusiastic personal recommendation of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the man who'd repeatedly take him to the nation's capital as a trusted aide. Their bond wasn't unusual, at least politically. 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. Even if relatively minor, that conduct didn't fit the pompous persona, but it launched one of the most precipitous falls in the county's colorful GOP history.

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 by showing up at more than a dozen court hearings and writing a series of articles. That work lead me to another victim, who as a 7th grader found himself used for two years as a sexual object by Nielsen. The Rohrabacher aide had been prowling church youth groups to find underage love.

(Rohrabacher oddly tried to pretend to me that he didn't know Nielsen, a lie underscored not just by the USC recommendation but also that he repeatedly took him to Washington, D.C. to work as his aide.) 

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Rohrabacher: Why did this congressman lie repeatedly about his close ties to Nielsen?
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. (Before this, he also got nabbed for driving while intoxicated.) He lost his lawyer license and had to register as a sex offender. He did get a big gift, however. Somehow local prosecutors allowed his child pornography possession charges to lapse before a jury could consider them.

In Dec. 2009, we reported that Nielsen had been released from prison and was living in Laguna Beach.

Would he stay clean?

No. 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.

The mistake was costly.

Because he was on parole at the time and because he'd already had a DUI conviction in addition to the sex crimes conviction, Nielsen found himself of the unhappy side of Superior Court Judge Robert Gannon in Newport Beach. His Los Angeles-based lawyer, Eugene Salmonsen--who was reprimanded in 2004 by the state bar for ethical violations--didn't help.

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--a former county prosecutor--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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Nielsen's father, Ben, was Fountain Valley's mayor

Our prior Nielsen coverage includes: NAMBLA Fantasy, Sex Abuse Victim Confront Ex-Rohrabacher Aide at Sentencing Hearing, New Molestation Allegation Dogs Arrested Conservative Activist and Boy Crazy

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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14 comments
Doncooley8
Doncooley8

The way to acquire a Get Out Of Jail Free card is to have connections with corrupt government officials and prosecutors/law enforcement. It is Rampant and beyond imagination how systemic this rot truly is... when you know where the 'bones are buried', they let you get away with anything in exchange for silence. Plain as the nose on your face.

ErinS
ErinS

36 months for acts on a minor?!??!?! What a joke.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Where the FUCK is the outrage and further investigation that Rohrbacher denied knowing this mother-fucken right-wing ass wipe? What the fuck is crazy Dana hiding? Maybe he, too, got his semen sucked dried by this GOP pedophile. Call mother fucken Rohrbarcher out on the carpet and make that douche bag answer and explain his denial. Allah almighty I fucken hate hipocrisy.... Dana, come suck me off, you lame ass piece of Taliban loving mother fucker... 

Zak
Zak

Drinking to much and pissen in public is one thing but doing it on a date is a character flaw, still funny, I'll vote him back in.

Rye
Rye

Nice mug, Jeff.  Stop being an idiot.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

It is obvious that the drive-by liberal media is to blame for all the travesties bestowed upon this fine, God fearing young man. May his right-wing connections be able to pray the gay out of him.

Slave2asianwife
Slave2asianwife

I want the SKS cuckold video!!

Mikey eating spooge from a dog dish!

DISGUSTED
DISGUSTED

Thanks again Moxley and the OC Weekly.  It appears that Nielsen maintains his political status despite being a convicted sexual predator and convicted twice for DUI... did anyone notice that the OC District Attorney and his BIG MOUTH CFO Susan Kang Schroeder NEVER issued a media release about Nielsen's arrest and return to prison??? 

Trust me, anyone else who is not one of the insiders of the OC Republican GOP would have had their life story published by KANG MOUTH and TRACK.  Mickadeit is brown nosing as much as possible so he can maybe be the next DA after law school.  Fuentes is ill and wouldn't wish cancer on anyone, but, Fuentes AIDED AND ABETTED the cover up of sexual predator priests in the Diocese of Orange and hopefully, Fuentes will confess his sins before he leaves this world.

Wanna know the truth
Wanna know the truth

Hey, Moxley:  you hear the same things we do....that all the prominent Republicans you just named have their BOY TOY stories.....Fuentes, Baugh, and Rohrabacher....have you done any investigations into THEIR lives?  If it is true about Fuentes, it sure would be bizarre for him to go out the class act Mickadeit is trying to portray him, when there have been so many rumors floating for years...and it would make sense that Nielsen was 'under' his tutelage.

katahdin
katahdin

Absolutely. He needs to call Ted Haggard, Marcus Bachmann, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, and Congressional Republican Mens Gospel Chorus to pray over him. A laying on of hands might also be appopriate.

Lilyswift18
Lilyswift18

Nice mug, Jeff.  Stop being an idiot.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on---a'ge'l'es's'da'te. C óM---it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck it out or tell your friends.

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