Is Orange County Jail a Pleasure Palace?

[Moxley Confidential] Prosecutor: Bribed deputy let killer enjoy weekly sex dates, marijuana and porn

Is Orange County Jail a Pleasure Palace?
Bob Aul

Most of us can only imagine the horrors of jail life. It involves cramped living quarters, awful food, demanding guards, lack of sunlight and fresh air, deranged neighbors, zero liberty, insulting clothing, countless hours of boredom coupled with constant danger, lousy beds, insane asylum-like painted walls, and an absolute deprivation of key human pleasures. But, oddly, that dark scenario wasn't true for one, incredibly fortunate Orange County Jail (OCJ) inmate.

While prosecutors worked to put Stephenson Choi Kim on California's death row, the ruthless killer enjoyed two years' worth of secret perks and privileges that made OCJ a pleasure palace. Prosecutors claim Kim was allowed to enjoy weekly sex dates with a visitor; sell and smoke marijuana; consume contraband food, tobacco and candy; possess a cell phone and charger; make three-way phone-sex calls with a guy named "David"; as well as collect pornography magazines and unauthorized razor blades. The San Gabriel resident, who'd threatened to assassinate court witnesses against him and uses the gang moniker "Dragon," even received a handcuff key.

In February 2013, the Orange County district attorney's (OCDA) office filed felony charges against David Lloyd Cass—a deputy assigned to the jail's attorney visitors' area—for accepting bribes from Kim, who in 2004 entered a crowded Cypress restaurant, began shooting people he'd never met to bolster his gang reputation, and left one young woman dead and four innocent people seriously wounded. The bribery case initially won widespread media coverage, and then it disappeared from the public radar while the county focused on the lethal Fullerton Police Department assault on Kelly Thomas. Without fanfare in the past year, Cass dumped his public defender and hired Lewis Rosenblum, a former heavyweight OC prosecutor known for his courthouse prowess. Last week, the deputy pleaded not guilty.

But a late-March preliminary hearing underscored the apparent strength of Senior Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant's case. Bryant doesn't just have surveillance footage, phone recordings and text messages supporting the charges; she also presented an eyewitness/participant to Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Glazier. Ha Duc Nguyen—who'd somehow secured a secret marriage certificate to the killer in 2010, and then tricked a judge into giving her "legal courier" status to enter the attorney visiting section of OCJ—distributed bribes and won special access to Kim in a semi-private room where lawyers usually confer with their in-custody clients.

"We would have oral sex," said a matter-of-fact Nguyen of her relationship with the killer, who ultimately avoided the death penalty but, in 2012, won a punishment of life plus 255 years in prison. "We would have anal sex. We would have vaginal sex."

She also testified a thoughtful Cass turned the lights off for their privacy during the encounters, and Kim liked to get naked while she wore only a bra during sex that often lasted as long as an hour "on the desk, on the floor and on a chair" just feet away from a guard station.

Nguyen—who taught English in Japan from 2006 to 2008, sought out Kim in jail after his shooting spree and collected a long list of criminal charges for aiding the inmate—explained she easily smuggled sex toys inside the jail in a briefcase and illegal narcotics for Kim in her vagina. To bring the drugs back to his cell, the killer wrapped the packages around his genitalia. Their illicit operation had remarkable longevity. According to Nguyen, the sex romps totaled as many as 30 times—mostly on Saturdays—during the two-year period. It helped, she testified, that the deputy used his private cell phone to warn her in advance of planned inspections. On occasions when Cass needed to interrupt the sex because of the presence of other deputies, he sincerely apologized to the couple, she testified.

Bryant—a no-nonsense, seasoned prosecutor—alleges the deputy accepted bribes including $440 in Burke Williams spa massage and facial certificates, $300 in hockey match tickets, $100 gift certificate to Dave & Buster's, and a $25 In-N-Out Burger coupon. Nguyen tried to satisfy Cass' requests for "special attention" for him and other deputies from scantily clad Vietnamese waitresses at risqué Little Saigon coffee lounges. Kim used his private cell phone in hopes of retaining a high-end prostitute for the deputy, but the deal never materialized because of the officer's back surgery during the time frame, according to court records.

Arguably the most alarming claim against the deputy is Nguyen's report that he devised an escape plan for Kim before he could be hauled away to prison.

"[Cass] was saying all I had to do was bring a change of clothes [and a hat for Kim]," Nguyen testified. "Deputy Cass would leave the door open, and when I was going out, [Kim] would just follow me out the gate."

The couple discussed the escape idea, including the use of a potential route the deputy thought might minimize surveillance-camera coverage, according to preliminary hearing testimony. To help Kim flee the United States, Nguyen attempted to purchase a fake passport but failed. She told the prosecutor, "Nobody really had any connections to get one, and if they did, it would be much too expensive."

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oc2015
oc2015

Absolutely NONE of this surprises me at all!!!!  I used to be friends with an OCSD Deputy that currently works at Theo Lacy.  At my decision, I stopped being friends with him after learning what went on at his work.  He used to "take a break" and go to dentist appointments.  Yes, on paid time.  He used to swing by my house, with his police radio by his side, to say hello while "on a break" while being paid.  I didn't live close to Theo Lacy.  It was a long break.  He used to watch movies while working.  He used to try to facetime me while working.  I ignored his requests.  I have pictures that he took of the visitors checking in and sent to me.  I KNOW of many sex stories that took place in Theo Lacy that included deputies, inmates, and visitors.  This deputy took overtime hours after overtime hours to be paid time and a half all the while he was also taking so called "breaks" to do personal appointments and visits.  He would tell me stories of porn in the work place.  Absolutely NONE of this surprises me at all.  NONE.  So incredibly sad that those that carry badges and guns to work abuse their authority for their own sick thrills and at the expense of taxpayers.  We're supposed to trust these men and women to protect us?  What a total and complete joke.  Truly sad.  So sad.

hakon39
hakon39

Wow.  You can bribe a Hack in the OCJ.  I'm shocked.  Minimum-wage making pig-farmers in green suits, just like every other Hack in the country.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I know if some average Joe or Jane aired a (legitimate) complaint about their treatment in OCJ they'd get that typical, condescending response "Well, jail's not supposed to be FUN!". Apparently the cops coddling the hell out of Mr. Kim need to be reminded of that...

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

R. Scott Moxley may finally be onto a credible story about illegal behavior by a member of law enforcement.  However, since his commenting (not reporting) are not attributed to any verifiable sources, most of his opinions are instantly mere hearsay concocted by Moxley.


The accused deputy's defense lawyer will certainly use Moxley's rants to the defendant's advantage in court…and may very well have the case dismissed.


Let's see what the outcome of the court case is before we conclude beyond a doubt that Deputy Cass did the things he has already been found guilty of by R. Scott Moxley and his equally fanatical cult following of witch hunters.


After all, the first casualty of propaganda is the truth…something that dirty journalists could never comprehend.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project



nastybeth
nastybeth

Ron Reagan the 1st T-Bagger and LOSER PIG 

nastybeth
nastybeth

I helped clean the house Dana Rohrabacher rented and made a MESS of He is a Congressmen from OC and a dirty sick PIG you losers in the OC are just like that PIG  

David Elliott Lee
David Elliott Lee

Kim hopes to cut his 328 year sentence in half with "good behavior"

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"All hate crimes are an affront to the nation". - Attorney General Eric Holder

 Oh, you must mean the ones that you and Obama committed in Afghanistan and for Fast and Furious in Mexico that you recently told someone "You don't want to go there".

18usc241
18usc241

Notice how the usual members of the "Orange County Cult of Cop Apology" didn't come to the rescue here. Even anonymous imbeciles on the internet can't defend this sleaze fest.

Bob14
Bob14

Don't Forget JJ Langhorne banging the trainees in the OCSD academy.

18usc241
18usc241

No wonder the Orange County Sheriffs department flushed Orange County CA taxpayer money down the toilet harassing Mr. Moxley with helicopter pilots. With your reputation floating down sewer there isn't much more lower it can go.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sandra Hutchens and Brad Gates weren't in the cockpit themselves - no pun intended.

Hey, maybe the Office of Independent Review can investigate this ;)

dw90066
dw90066

No pics of Ha Duc Nguyen?  Damn!

applemutt
applemutt

All the kids call it Camp Snoopy.

Brenda Umana
Brenda Umana

Fernando Contreras Nick Amezcua Norma Jean Amezcua que chingon!

Richard Cendejas
Richard Cendejas

What compels women to seek out killers for lovers? I never heard of this from men but the likes of Ted Bundy and Charles Manson could sustain a large harem with the women who throw themselves at them.

Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

Isn't that what the legal system is about? How much $ you have and the sentence or leniency one receives due to that bank? This guy was ahead of the game.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

1 deputy took bribes while the other deputies played XBOX!! #winning

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@jimgilchrist  Ahhh, Jimmy, OC's leading, anti-Latino, bigot boy! How was Happy Hour today in South County? Bottomless cocktails again with cold chicken fingers dipped in cheap mayonnaise? It's impressive that you continually funnel all of your thoughts through a prism of self-loathing anger and ignorance. But, then again, that's what you've always done to win cheap attention for yourself. Given your history, I must ask again: Have you run over any elementary school Latinos in a crosswalk lately?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@nastybeth

But his DADDY RONALD SENIOR COMMITTED TREASON BY SELLING WEAPONS TO THE IRANIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE HOSTAGES.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241  Could it be because honest Cops hate crooked Cops even more than criminals and ass holes like yourself?  

18usc241
18usc241

Excuse me - that's Brad "the legal immigration obstructor" Gates.

queenizdead77
queenizdead77

"Moxley rocks"....I have 1 thing to say.....when I was at the, "IRC".... they were so crowded they were looping inmates who had already been assigned beds...and putting almost 20 inmates in the holding cell down stairs ...now check this out when the "ACLU" came to do there regular check up they were hiding inmates on the roof and I know this cause I was the one being stashed away on the.roof. because apparently re looping inmates IS ILLEGAL!!! I was looped twice each time, 27 hours then 2 days in holding!!!! WTF IS THAT SHIT!!! OH BY THE WAY I WAS A COOK AND THE FOOD THEY SERVE IS FOR INMATES AND ANIMAL CONSUMPTION ONLY DAYS RIGHT ON THE PACKAGE!!! So yes they're crooked mother f******!! You rock moxley!!! Ashley

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@rscottmoxley @jimgilchrist  Sorry you are so envious of me. You shouldn't be.  I am just an imperfect mortal, unlike your self-adoring narcissistic self.  Frank Mickadeit is afflicted with the same sickness you are…bipolar delusional syndrome.  typical of dirty journalists, predators, criminals and similar repugnant, card-carrying members of the dark side of the population.


That's why it is necessary to maintain a constant vigilance over the corrupt members of journalism.  


You are not perfect, Moxley.  Stop pretending so.


JIM GILCHRIST, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, THE MINUTEMAN PROJECT  

:)


tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@nastybeth @tongue_twister_for_t

No because you apparently DON'T know what we are talking about when the proof is there.

18usc241
18usc241

From the Frank Serpico movie I watched as a New York city kid 1973ish to racist Orange County CA Sheriffs in the 1990's to Sandra Hutchen's wannabe winged terrorist helicopter pilots, we have every right to pose a very simple question - where are these alleged good cops. You know, the one's who arrest ALL criminals.

This decade after decade after decade police coverup is worse than the Bernie Madoff and pedophile priest con combined. At least these two groups haven't been accused of murdering their victims.

18usc241
18usc241

Your reading comprehension is a big fail. I've mentioned my name here on more than one occasion - plus profile pic.

By the way, after about three posts we figured out your con. Good try ;)

18usc241
18usc241

This Sheriffs department acts as if some of it former Sheriffs were members of the KKK. Oh wait a minute. #waybackmachine

18usc241
18usc241

Ok you got me. I'm not me.

nastybeth
nastybeth

@18usc241  The drug dealers of the OC Sheriffs office HANSON still in JAIL 

 
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