Citizen of the Week!

Both chatty and oblivious that the grotesque crime mystery they would have to solve was solving itself, the makings of an Orange County jury stood this morning in the hallway outside C45, the top-floor Santa Ana courtroom for Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseño.

With an empty courtroom except for yours truly, Anaheim's Alan David Beisel made a last-minute decision to forgo a trial and formally confess to Mark Birney, a veteran prosecutor. Birney read his one-count allegation: On May 18, Beisel had "willingly and unlawfully" put his penis in Jane Doe's mouth and forced oral copulation.

Judge Briseño asked Beisel if he understood the prosecutor.

"Yes," the balding, silver-haired, 62-year-old antiques dealer quietly replied.

"And this took place?"

"Yes, sir."

It must not have been easy for Beisel. His change of plea guarantees him a 15-years-to-life prison sentence--a term that could easily end his freedom for the remainder of his days.

But his move saved the victims from the anguish of testifying.

The horrified person who caught him in the act had been his daughter.

The target of Beisel's sex crime?

His own 5-year-old granddaughter.

Beisel molested her for more than a year, according to law-enforcement officials.

(Periodically at, discover the depths of human depravity in Orange County, California.)

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-- R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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