See Update No. 2 at the end of this post about DA getting child abuse count added, Ms. Lockyer's statement.
See Update No. 1 about today's postponed court hearing.
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 5, 6:44 P.M.: Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, the former Alameda County supervisor, estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Santa Ana Unified School District trustee, has entered a Newport Beach drug rehab center after being charged with meth and child endangerment charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). Police received a tip that Lockyer and her son 9-year-old Diego were staying with a relative Aug. 28 in an Orange home where there may be drugs, and officers arrived to find methamphetamine and an aluminum foil tube with a burned end, the OCDA reports.
[ADDED LINE:] She was not at the home at the time, but later returned.
The mother displayed signs of being under the influence, prosecutors add.
Lockyer was arrested on suspicion of felony methamphetamine possession and misdemeanors being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. She already entered not guilty pleas to all the counts at arraignment Thursday and was released on her own recognizance to National Therapeutic Services, a drug rehab center at 4 San Joaquin Plaza, Newport Beach.
She is being represented in court by veteran lawyer Allan Stokke of Newport Beach and has a preliminary hearing scheduled Monday.
The California Treasurer's office released a statement saying, "Bill hopes Nadia has a successful recovery, and he also wants to make clear that Diego is living with him in the Bay Area and he's safe and sound."
The veteran 71-year-old politician cited "irreconcilable differences" in filing for divorce from his wife in July.
The 41-year-old daughter of the late Santa Ana immigrant rights lawyer Wallace R. Davis won her Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in November 2010 thanks largely to $1.5 million pumped into her campaign by her husband's own coffers.
A month later, while battling a painkiller addiction spurred by injuries she suffered in a traffic accident, Nadia Lockyer entered a Kaiser outpatient rehab program. There she met Stephen Chikhani, a San Jose construction worker with a history of arrests for methamphetamine use. They would go on to have a torrid love affair.
Any attempt to keep their trysts secret failed on Feb. 3, when police rolled up to a hotel where Mrs. Lockyer had been roughed up. She wound up being hospitalized for head and neck injuries after allegedly being beaten by Chikhani, who later claimed to have acted in self-defense.
Different members of the love triangle traded accusations in the media. Bill Lockyer claimed his wife had ended the relationship but Chikhani was still stalking her. Chikhani claimed it was still on and that he had made a sex tape with Nadia. Ms. Lockyer claimed Chikhani bashed her head into a stone and that her husband--the state's former attorney general--fed her drugs and suggested she kill herself.
She resigned from the Alameda County Board of Supes in April, saying it was for the sake of her son.
UPDATE NO. 1, SEPT. 10, 12:59 P.M.: A judge in Santa Ana today granted Nadia Lockyer visitation rights with her 9-year-old son that include in-person encounters and phone calls.
Bill Lockyer, the estranged husband of the accused, had agreed to the modified visitation plan.
Having pleaded not guilty last month to meth and child endangerment charges, Nadia Lockyer remains free on bail pending continued treatment at a drug rehab.
UPDATE NO. 2, SEPT. 10, 5:02 P.M.: You'd never know Judge Gerald Johnston postponed today's pre-trial hearing based on all that came out of Nadia Lockyer's brief appearance.
Over the objections of her defense lawyer Allan Stokke, Johnston granted Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz's request for the addition of a misdemeanor child endangerment count against Lockyer, who already faces felony drug possession, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession and misdemeanor child abuse charges.
The previous post mentioned Lockyer had been granted visitation rights with her 9-year-old son, but Johnston included a condition that Bill Lockyer be present for each one.
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And his estranged wife, a former rising star in the California Democratic Party, issued the following statement:
I am extremely happy to be receiving the help that I need and getting healthy. I hope to inspire many addicts to do the same.
She's due back in court Nov. 1 and back in rehab through at least that date.