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Michael Goulding/ The O.C. RegisterHow has Gregory Scott Haidl, Orange County's most famous criminal suspect, avoided jail? Is it because his wealthy father is a former assistant sheriff who hired nine defense lawyers, an army of private detectives, a jury consultant and a publicist for his 19-year-old son? Or is it because an "innocent" Haidl is, in the words of his defense team, "miserably persecuted" by the Orange County district attorney's office?
On Nov. 15, Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseño will likely decide whether Haidl should be locked up in county jail until his numerous legal matters are resolved.
Here's the Haidl crime log:
July 5, 2002 At his Newport Beach house, an intoxicated Haidl and two of his drunk buddies give a 16-year-old girl beer, alcohol and marijuana; strip her; and—as she's lapsing into unconsciousness—videotape sex with her on a pool table before they repeatedly penetrate her vagina and anus with a juice can, lit cigarette, Snapple bottle and pool stick.
Excuse: He and his friends were actually gentlemen helping a "poor" Rancho Cucamonga girl fulfill what they believed was her wish to become a porn star.
Punishment:Awaiting retrial after jury deadlocked during the first trial in June.
Oct. 26, 2003 In San Clemente, police find a glassy-eyed Haidl and two other buddies illegally skateboarding. A search of their car uncovered a bag of marijuana between Haidl's keys and his wallet.
Excuse:Haidl, out on bail for the gang-rape charge, turned to his friends and said, "Dudes, it can't be my dope!" An underaged friend took blame.
March 1, 2004 Awaiting trial and ordered not to break any laws, Haidl and 12 others are caught illegally skateboarding by police and could be but aren't charged with trespassing at a vandalized Laguna Niguel commercial property.
Excuse: A skateboard-toting Haidl said he was an innocent bystander on his way to a community-college class.
May 7, 2004 During the first day off from his gang-rape trial, police say, Haidl and two buddies allegedly vandalize public property so they can illegally skateboard in a Dana Point park.
Excuse: The incident was merely "insupportable innuendo."