Orange County Rapists Sentenced

Three men who videotaped their rape of an unconscious woman and then claimed that she was faking unconsciousness and wanted to be a porn star sentenced to six years.

The first jury had deadlocked in 2004, but the second, last March, had convicted them of 15 counts of felony sexual assault, but not rape.

The sentences came after the victim told the judge she had been violated “in every way possible” and urged the maximum penalty so her attackers could feel the same pain she did.

Now 20, she choked back tears as she described viewing the taped assault so she could testify against the men effectively.

The video, which has not been made public, shows the nude victim being sexually assaulted on a pool table, prosecutors said.

“When did I become a piece of meat? How can anything human do the things that they did? They did things not even a savage animal would do,” the victim said.

Defense attorneys argued at trial that the girl was a willing participant in a “weekend sexcapade” and was faking unconsciousness because she wanted to be a porn star.

I suppose the pool table was just a convenient horizontal surface, but it’s eerily reminiscent of the 1983 gang-rape at Big Dan’s Tavern in New Bedford, Mass., that was the basis for the pinball-machine rape in the move “The Accused.”

The victim was apparently pleased with the sentences, and the perps themselves made statements that indicate at least some awareness of the wrongness of what they did:

“I look at each defendant as being equally culpable,” Judge Francisco Briseno said Friday. “This was with one intent, and that intent was to degrade the victim.”

Gregory Haidl, 20, the son of millionaire and former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, apologized to the victim during the hearing.

“It was never my intention to hurt you and cause you pain,” said Haidl, who taped the July 2002 assault at his father’s home. “I can’t take back any negative feelings and emotions, and I’m sorry for that also.”

Kyle Nachreiner, 21, told the court he accepted responsibility for his “repugnant” actions, while Keith Spann, 21, declined to make a statement but sobbed openly as his mother pleaded with the judge for leniency.

Assistant District Attorney Chuck Middleton the terms were sufficient to “send a message to these three men, and if they’re smart they’ll come out of prison and lead a respectful life.”

The victim told prosecutors she was pleased with the prison terms. She has filed a $26 million lawsuit against the defendants, Haidl’s parents and others.


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16 Responses to Orange County Rapists Sentenced

  1. N. Mallory says:

    I don’t understand why but every single time I read one of these stories I wonder how it’s possible that there are still people in the world that think this kind of behavior is o.k.

  2. Chet says:

    The sad truth is that we come to understand what is “ok” by observation of what others are doing. If you see your co-workers herd Jews into a gas chamber, you’re going to think that’s ok.

    If you see your two buddies raping an unconscious woman on a pool table, you’re going to think that’s ok, too. These guys aren’t sicko monsters who we can’t understand; the truth is worse. They’re entirely normal human beings. You and I are entirely capable of what these men did in the same situation. Our only hope is to recognize the situation when we’re in the middle of it and be able to recognize right from wrong.

  3. Tuomas says:

    The victim was apparently pleased with the sentences, and the perps themselves made statements that indicate at least some awareness of the wrongness of what they did:

    Feh!

    Scumbags are all sorry when they get caught. God knows I don’t have endless source of sympathy, and I’ll reserve mine towards the victim and towards people not guilty of sexually assaulting a girl on a pool table.

    Not saying anyone (or you) necessarily disagrees this time, but I had to say it.

  4. June says:

    Only 6 years apiece?!?

    That just doesn’t seem like very much, considering what they did.

    It’s also just so frustrating that even with something captured on video they still argue “consent.”

  5. zuzu says:

    Scumbags are all sorry when they get caught. God knows I don’t have endless source of sympathy, and I’ll reserve mine towards the victim and towards people not guilty of sexually assaulting a girl on a pool table.

    Not saying anyone (or you) necessarily disagrees this time, but I had to say it.

    I don’t find them sympathetic at all, frankly. But if their comments in court, self-serving as they are, indicate even the dimmest glimmer of true repentance or remorse, perhaps they will emerge from prison truly reformed. Or, as all too unfortunately is the case, they’ll just get worse on the inside.

  6. I live in Orange County and have been following this case for awhile. Someone calling themselves a friend of one of the defendants left a comment on my post about the Haidl sentencing. He thinks that:

    not only was it not rape, NONE of the kids thought of it as “sexual assault”, including the alleged victim, and the female friends of everyone

    Sickening, eh?

    He must like their defense attorney Joe Cavallo who called Jane Doe a “wannabe pornstar”. At one of his brighter moments, Cavallo tried convincing the jury that the pool queue Jane Doe was violated with was not much bigger than an average penis, so it couldn’t have hurt her that much.

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  8. Tuomas says:

    zuzu:

    They can reform, if they want it bad enough. I’m hugely sceptical, though, as should everyone be, as past history is an useful indicator for future acts. I’d be happy if they just end up thoroughly disincentivized from raping in the future by having their naive, entitled thought of getting away with it shattered. (IMHO second-time offenders in serious crimes like murder, kidnap and rape should not receive a third chance to commit the said crimes. Ever. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. For first-timers, it just might be possible to allow possible reformation).

    Prison has nothing to do with redemption: I’ts a prudent system of seperating bad apples from the batch, and taking the need for revenge and vendetta from invidual people to (supposedly) objective courts.

    Only 6 years apiece?!?

    If that case was within EU, that would be positively huge sentence. I’d seriously bet money for something like “one year on probation”, with one year in prison as the runner up. I wish I were kidding on this one, but at some point people here decided that punishing criminals would be wrong somehow. At least the U.S has sense on maintaining it’s “barbaric” position on crime (as in criminals should be punished). Ten years for the said crime would be proper if you ask me, with the next time (OT) resulting in pretty much automatic death penalty.

  9. Marith says:

    I don’t want to make the cliched American mistake of thinking that money can solve everything, but I think it’s a great idea for the victim to take this to civil courts and see if she can’t drain that millionaire dad asshole who was a huge part of the “she’s a slut” smear campaign. Here’s hoping she can at least achieve some compensation, however slight, for what she went through.

  10. Lauren says:

    Civil suit starts next week, and though she’s suing for over ten mil it sounds like every bit of it will go to lawyers and court fees.

  11. mythago says:

    Why do you think that? She’s not likely to get $26 million, but her lawyers are going to have a little ‘splainin to do if she wins but gets nothing.

  12. zuzu says:

    Many retainer agreements for a plaintiff’s case specify that fees will be a percentage of the damages rather than an hourly rate.

    And this is charming, from the shitheads’ attorney:

    Reached by telephone late Thursday, Cavallo said the lawsuit was not unexpected, although he had not seen it. He had harsh words for Lodmer and Jane Doe, whom he had aggressively questioned during her trial testimony.

    “Trash is not her property — trash is trash, just like his client,” Cavallo said. “What I did to Jane Doe in the criminal case was child’s play compared to what I can do to her in a civil case.”

  13. I’m confused, how does “faking unconciousness” make for training to be a porn star? Seriously, that makes no effing sense.

  14. Lauren says:

    “What I did to Jane Doe in the criminal case was child’s play compared to what I can do to her in a civil case.”

    That. That is Fucked Up.

  15. Sophist says:

    I guess you don’t have to physically violate your victim to be a rapist.

  16. mythago says:

    Cavallo has delusions of adequacy. Apparently he’s forgotten that, unlike in criminal cases, his clients will not be shielded from testifying by the Fifth Amendment, and his clients are subject to the same kind of investigation as the plaintiff. I guess it gives him a good excuse to run up some fat billing, though.

    Also, he apparently managed to piss off the State Bar at some point.

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