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Supreme Court won't review Haidl's conviction

He and his accomplices wanted their convictions overturned and to not have to register as sex offenders.

July 14, 2010|By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a petition by the son of a former Orange County assistant sheriff and his accomplices to have their sexual assault convictions overturned and no longer have to register as sex offenders.

Greg Haidl, 25, the son of former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, was convicted five years ago of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2002. Greg Haidl and his two accomplices, Keith Spann and Kyle Nachreiner, both 25, were minors when they sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl while she was passed out on Haidl's pool table in his garage in Corona del Mar.

The boys inserted a pool cue into her anus and her vagina, where they also inserted a Snapple bottle and lit cigarette, among other items. The group videotaped the attack, which a friend later found and turned over to police.

The men were seeking to have their convictions overturned because some testimony about the girl's sexual past was not allowed at trial. They were also seeking to not have to register as sex offenders.

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The group petitioned the Supreme Court in May. The court had 90 days to decide whether to hear their case, but declined.

"Absolutely right decision," said Orange County District Atty. Chief of Staff Susan Schroeder. "This is the same play Haidl's been calling since the beginning of his arrest — that he wants special favors and special treatment and special rules for him. The Court of Appeal's decision was correct and the Supreme Court decision to deny the case was correct. All three are sex offenders that should be registered as sex offenders so people can know who they are what they've done and to just stay away from them."

Attempts to contact the men's attorneys were not successful Wednesday.

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