John Juul Nielson, Ex-OCHSA Dance Teacher, Acquitted of Sexting Female Student: Attorney

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A former dance teacher at Orange County High School of the Arts--our very own Glee campus in Santa Ana--has been acquitted on charges he'd been sexting a 15-year-old female student, his defense attorney reportedly said.

John Juul Nielson was fired by OCHSA on Jan. 13, 2012, a little over a month before the 54-year-old Cerritos resident was arrested by Santa Ana Police.

Ed Flores, Nielson's attorney, reportedly made the acquittal disclosure to City News Service, which characterized Nielson as being emotional upon learning of the ruling. His attorney is quoted as saying the former teacher's wife and three daughters have suffered since the allegations, so you could imagine the gears turning for a wrongful termination complaint.

Or it could be the Nielson family is simply relieved their patriarch has been spared up to a year in jail, the maximum penalty the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) had said he faced if convicted of misdemeanor child annoyance.

John Juul Nielson, OC High School of the Arts Dance Teacher, Accused of Sexting Student

Nielson was accused of grooming the girl between Oct. 15, 2011, through Jan. 11, 2012, through sexual text messages that revealed details about his personal life and past and current relationships. The OCDA had alleged the pair exchanged "multiple sexually inappropriate conversations, including asking her for an 'exclusive' dating relationship."

Flores countered these were friendly messages between a teacher and student without the sexually suggestive themes claimed by cops and prosecutors, City News Service reports.

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paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

what was in the content of the text messages? Is that available?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How many careers and personal reputations have the OC District Attorney destroyed because of obvious prosecutions that do not have the evidence to support a guilty jury verdict?  Remember Christopher Ontiveros, the former Anaheim Union HS District teacher??? He too was acquitted, but does the OC DISTRICT ATTORNEY ever issue a public media release stating the accused was acquitted?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  The OC District is CORRUPT and someone in the position to stop this man from destroying more lives need to step up.  Enough is enough... when there is evidence to convict an individual, that is one thing, but when there is not enough evidence and the DA publicly grandstands via his Chief of Staff and others, for self-serving political gain, THIS IS WRONG and in my opinion, ILLEGAL!

Guest
Guest

Only in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave can a text conversation (sticks and stones...) get you a year in jail and a lifelong spot on the SEXUAL PREDATOR list with all its life-crushing consequences, including never ever again being able to visit a public beach or park in Orange County. Get a grip, people!

Either way, his career, if not his life, is shot. I hope he sues everyone in sight!

Anonymous
Anonymous

@paullucas714 do not know what the context of the messages were but do know that the evidence submitted against the former Anaheim Union HS District teacher Christopher Ontiveros was NEVER certified by a service provider, AT&T, Verizon, etc.  Why would the DA submit evidence that was not certified for accuracy and truth?  Not surprising that the former Superintendent of the Anaheim Union HS District, Joseph Farley, jumped ship soon thereafter to join Capistrano Unified School District, so he could destroy the lives and careers of football coaches/teachers. 

Also, rumor has it that Ontiveros' supervisor/principal Kathy Scott was also the administrator who failed to report alleged sex abuse allegations of a teacher in the Santa Monica Malibu School District, Thomas Arthur Beltran, before she jumped ship and joined the Anaheim Union HS District in 2006. 

In sum, RUMORS, INNUENDOS and no evidence destroys lives and careers.  The OC District Attorney should know better and stop the public grandstanding..... personally, I am sick of it!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Its a normal day to day fact of business that the ocda presses charges so outlandish so as to intimidate the defendants to take a plea.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@Anonymous@paullucas714

Anonymous you are preaching to the choir. Im going through something similar after 18 months of me asking for dismissal due to lack of a speedy trail jin a medical marijuana case. Im going to die of natural cuases before the DDA brings his bullshit case for 10 ounces of mmj after I fled a civil complaint at the buena par police department when they wouldnt give me my heart medication that I just had refilled at walgreens when they accosted me in my garage.Im tyoe I diabetic and they broke my bottle of insulin, didnt call paramdeics after I passed out and had a cardiac event, they ignored my roomates begging for them to give me my heart medication and call for help they wouldnt let my roomates call 911 for EMS, they didnt even take me into jail they took me to buena park pd and let me go and charged me with 11359 for agrand total of 10 ounces and then have since failed 2 times to come to court to testify. The cop that arrested me is the same cop that cost his city 5 million in a wrongful deaths uit when him and his partner pushed an unarmed teenager against a wall and shothim in the head.  Im have a defibrilator pacemaker in my heart, Ive had two heart surgeoes in the last year alone, and a rectal surgery, and I have to go to st joes three days a week for cardiac rehab therapy and Im being charged with marijuana offense tha they werent even looking ofr. All due ot a guy they arrested for sex offenses who wanted to get cut loose from his charges. 

The reason Im asking about the text content is because their whole case is based on complete here say with no actual hard tangible evidence at all. And its been 18 months Ive been asking to go to court so I can get this behind me and get on with my life. 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/herrera-62938-furtado-city.html

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Thanks. In related news today the Corrections Corporation of America CCA, reported a 0.85% increase in their stock on the NYSE. Also in todays news Americans for safe Access San Diego Chapter trumpet the dismissal of marijuana charges against two defendants in Vista CA just as they were about to go to trial. The defendants knew their rights under the CUA and MMPA and stood thier ground. The DDAs are used to people caving into the pressure. Not anymore. 

https://www.facebook.com/notes/terrie-best/san-diego-da-dumanis-office-drops-medical-marijuana-charges-after-beleaguered-de/10151283871635886

Anonymous
Anonymous

@paullucas714 @Anonymous so very sorry what you have experienced.... this is terrible and I pray you get the justice you deserve.  Ever wonder if the treatment you received is directly related to the fact that you participate in matters of public interest via free speech, press, etc.?  This is quite common in the OC and no one deserves the obvious retaliations you are experiencing.  My best regards to you and your family.

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