"I went from being in the paper for playing varsity baseball as a freshman to being in the paper for a rape case,'' he says.
Yeah, you blew it. You had a really great launching pad to the rest of your life, and you threw it away.
On July 5, 2002, when he was 17, Nachreiner and two other male teenagers, Gregory Haidl and Keith Spann, sexually assaulted a seemingly unconscious teenage girl in the Corona del Mar home of Haidl's father, then-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl.I should note that Haidl was pretty much a political appointee by a Sheriff who has been subsequently criminally convicted himself.
The trio videotaped the episode, a 21-minute movie that shows the friends laughing as they shove a pool cue, a lit cigarette, a juice can and Snapple bottle inside the girl as she lay intoxicated on a pool table.Geniuses.
In 2006, they were each sentenced to six years in prison.So they got out early, but he is still pushing his luck.
All three are adults now and out of prison, having served less time because none of the sex offenses were found to be forcible. Last month, they lost their appeal to the California Fourth District Court of Appeal to overturn their convictions and the requirement that they register as lifelong sex offenders.
Nachreiner, though, may appeal his case to the state Supreme Court. He says it is unfair for him to endure the punishment of being tagged as a sex offender until he dies.
"I served my time. I went to prison. Now, I'm stuck with that label."
Yeah, that's how the sex offender registry works.
"Psychologically, it's devastating. It's the worst form of degradation there is."
What an incredibly stupid and callous thing to say, given what someone else has suffered by his actions.
He says he was very drunk, and that alcohol impaired his judgment.
And did somebody force those drinks down your 17-year-old throat?
"I'm responsible for behaving how I did. For hanging out with people I didn't trust ... For being ignorant. She's responsible for going there, for bragging that she's a porn star."
She's responsible for some bad judgment. That does not mean she deserved to be gang-raped.
"I don't believe for one second she was unconscious,'' he says.Even if she wasn't, and it is hard to believe she wasn't, given what was being stuck in her, you still did a horrible thing. The defense lawyers attempted to slime the victim, too, and he does too...
When asked if he knew what he was doing at the time was wrong, he pauses before answering.
"Had it been any other girl, maybe."
BZZZZZ. Wrong. It was wrong to do to ANYONE. For example, you can bet that if prison guards did it to HIM after he was convicted, they would be prosecuted themselves, and this guy would be suing the county/state.
The three were tried as adults and were almost victorious at their first trial. That trial ended in a deadlocked jury.
Faced with a mistrial, Orange County prosecutors decided to deal. They offered Nachreiner, Haidl and Spann a plea bargain that would have landed each of them in prison for 18 months. But the defendants refused, rolling their dice and going to trial again.
In March 2005, the second jury convicted the defendants of multiple counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object by intoxication. Nachreiner was acquitted of rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.I'm glad they were convicted.
Nachreiner was the one who inserted the pool cue into a limp Jane Doe, both in her vagina and anus. At other times, Nachreiner is dancing, flashing gang signs and mugging for the camera.
Real quality behavior.
Nachreiner was 23 when he got out of Chuckawalla Prison on June 18, 2008. He moved to Big Bear, and worked as a ski lift attendant.Keep it going.
That November, he was arrested for drunken driving. The DUI charges eventually were dismissed, and he pleaded guilty to reckless driving. But he was sent back to prison for five months because of the parole violation. He got out of Chino Prison in April 2009, and moved in with his aunt.
As with his other jobs, he hasn't told this employer about his criminal record.
Hmmmm, do you think they'll find out? Is that even legal – for him to withhold that information?
Hundreds of comments have been left after the story on the paper's website, most tearing Nachreiner a new one.
My advice to this guy:
1. Shut up. Stop talking until you fully realize why what you did was wrong.
2. Drop the appeals.
3. Behave yourself. You don't want to get arrested again or go back to jail. You don't want to be on parole or probation.
4. Get on your knees and beg the good Lord for forgiveness. Find a good church.
5. Use legal intermediaries to beg your victim for forgiveness.
6. Explain to the media how you were wrong and tell them how you've changed.
7. Work, pay your taxes, and get involved in some form of charity.
Maybe your life can be redeemed.
[UPDATE November 2017: This post is from April of 2010. Comments on this person continue to trickle in, with people claiming to know him now. I don't think it is fair to post negative comments about how he is now, because he's not in the news anymore. If he gets in trouble with the law again, then of course I'll publish more comments on that. If you want to keep ME updated and share your experiences with ME, you can still write those in the comment window. I'm not not likely to publish them. It is my sincere hope that everyone involved in this matter is, or becomes, a positively contributing member of society.]