AA member found guilty of rape of two AA women Newbury Park, CA

A jury found a Newbury Park man guilty of sexually assaulting two women he met through Alcoholics Anonymous programs.

After about a two-week trial in Ventura County Superior Court, jurors on Thursday voted unanimously and found William Beliveau, 64, guilty of one felony count of sexual penetration of an adult woman while she was intoxicated, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Erik Nasarenko.

Jurors also found Beliveau guilty of one felony count of sexual penetration of an adult woman while she was asleep or unconscious. The Newbury Park man could face a maximum of 10 years in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing on Aug. 24, Nasarenko said.

 

http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/07/28/newbury-park-man-found-guilty-sexual-assault/518641001/

Lorain Cop gets 3 years of 3 AA meetings a week instead of Jail time!

Maybe not a good idea. Why not send him to jail and give him anger management classes. What if this officer doesnt  like AA and he just used this as an excuse. What if AA makes him crazier – because we know that no cop out there is POWERLESS> Geez – I wish I could talk to him, his wife, his lawyer and the judge.

He was already sent to AA and 12 step REHAB – it says in 2014 – I guess AA Failed him. So try something else. How are we going to stop this ? http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2017/04/18/Lorain-officer-has-a-number-of-previous-alcohol-related-incidents-on-file.html

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Lorain officer sentenced, keeps job…http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2017/07/22/Lorain-officer-sentenced-keeps-job.html

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer will spend five days in jail after pleading no contest Friday to a charge of disorderly conduct persisting. He will be allowed to remain on the police force.

Officer James O. Connell appeared before Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok for the hearing, during which his original charge of domestic violence was amended to disorderly conduct persisting. He will report to jail Sunday.

Connell was sentenced to three years’ probation and will have to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week for those three years, periodically meet with Mihok and undergo random drug and alcohol testing. He also signed a last-chance agreement with Lorain police that stipulates he will immediately be terminated from his job if he violates probation in the next three years.

James Connell’s attorney, J. Anthony Rich, told Mihok his client is a good officer who has a drinking problem. Rich said Connell chose not to go to trial to spare his wife and fellow officers the grief of having to testify against “one of their own.”

“He’s able to salvage his career and keep his career moving forward at this point,” Rich said. “He’s a proud officer, he’s a good officer, and I think this was an unfortunate event we have to take responsibility for, which he has.”

Connell told Mihok he intends to stay sober and continue attending Alcoholics Anonymous and counseling. He also said he has apologized to his wife and family, and he apologized to the court and the police department.

“I want to apologize for the embarrassment I have caused,” he said.

Nicole Connell told Mihok that since her husband got sober four months ago, he has become a better father and more involved in family life. She said she doesn’t want her husband to do any jail time but she understands the decision.

Nicole Connell said James Connell formerly had a beer fridge in his garage “man cave” that was full of beer. Today she said it is full of bottled water and he places his monthly sobriety tokens on it.

“Every time he goes to see (the refrigerator), he recognizes ‘I’m not going toward alcohol anymore; I’m going toward sobriety,’” she said.

Police have said an intoxicated James Connell attacked his wife in March in their home, where he tackled, punched and placed her in a chokehold after a birthday party for their 2-year-old son. The two got into an argument when Nicole Connell took James Connell’s phone because he was texting another woman.

Police reported that Nicole Connell hit her husband and at one point pushed him off of her, but he grabbed her again and put her in a chokehold. She said she felt herself start to lose consciousness, but James Connell released her before she passed out.

She told police she then ran toward the living room, but James Connell tackled her again and held her wrists while sitting on top of her. She said she continued to fight until James Connell let her up, and then called her father.

James Connell told police that he was “defending himself” and received scratches on his face and left hand during the encounter and asked his fellow officers to take photos of those injuries. The police report said Nicole Connell had swelling and bruising on her left arm, a raised red mark on her neck and a split lip with dried blood.

James Connell has since been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly as well as meeting with a substance-abuse counselor and attending marriage counseling.

This wasn’t James Connell’s first alcohol-related incident. His personnel file shows he has had run-ins with fellow police officers in 2014 for walking around Lorain at night while intoxicated, riding an all-terrain vehicle in Lorain while intoxicated and driving in Garrettsville while intoxicated. In Garrettsville he was pulled over, but police took him and a friend to jail, allowed him to sober up and drive home later.

James Connell was never charged for any of those incidents, but he was ordered to undergo alcohol-addiction treatment after the last incident and received a three-day suspension from work that was held in abeyance on the condition of one year of good behavior.

James Connell also was required to report any contact with law enforcement within one hour of it happening and submit to random alcohol testing.

The personnel file also shows that Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera wrote it was clear to James Connell’s supervisors that he had a drinking problem. An earlier report in James Connell’s file noted he told the police department’s employee review board that it was the last incident in 2014 that convinced him to seek treatment and begin attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins told Mihok that James Connell is a good police officer, and alcohol-related incidents in his personal life have not affected his job performance.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

 

 

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Hollywood AA kills another actor- “True Blood” Star Nelsan Ellis dies from withdrawal from alcohol

I was sad to hear that this actor Nelsan Ellis died from kicking alcohol- Going cold turkey is never a good idea when addicted to alcohol. But its not uncommon for Hollywood to push ALL AA on its fellow actors. Sad sad situation.

I wonder if he knew about Naltrexone, vitvitrol and using a Harm Reduction Method over time, then quitting. There are Doctors who will work with patients giving them medications to stop having a seizure from the detox.

Ellis died July 8 from heart failure complications at age 39. His family issued a statement attributing the heart failure to longtime alcohol and drug abuse.

The actor was born in Harvey, Ill., and lived in Alabama with his aunt and siblings before moving back to Chicago at age 15. After joining the Marines for a short period of time, he studied at Illinois State University and went on to get a degree from Juilliard School. In addition to his fan-favorite role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” he also appeared in “The Soloist,” “The Butler,” “Elementary,” and “The Help.”

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nelsan-ellis-funeral-dead-true-blood-1202496382/

HOW did AA trick you into ” JOINING ” something you didn’t need to join?

DId you get hoodwinked. Were you told ‘Take what you like and leave the rest” ?

But after 7 months then all hell broke lose that I needed to take that 1st part of the 1st step or I wouldn’t get the WHOLE program! Which part of their stupid program are “they” referring to?

I was 18- Young and Naive and never knew what made a cult a cult. I didnt want to drink. I was a good little AA soldier already. SO why did I need to confess that I was Powerless to make them happy?

I will make it my mission to shrink AA to 10 % of its current size.

TO get it out of Medicine The FAA, THE BON, Our courts and penal system and out of our mental wards in Real Hospitals.

Get AA out of rehab. Shut down all sober Living run by Steppers.

Put in its place real clinics which are held accountable to treat – offer medications etc- not prayer and 12 steps and a blue Book from 1935 .

Nothing worse then a true believer that has flipped. LOL

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SAY NOT TO AA FOR DUI or any other god dang reason.

This ‘True Blood’ Actor’s Death Reveals a Hidden Danger of Addiction We Don’t Talk About

Actor Nelsan Ellis, who portrayed Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” died from heart complications on Saturday, and now his family wants everyone to know why.

Ellis’ manager Emily Gerson Saines shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that his death came as a result of his attempt to quit alcohol.

 

 

https://www.attn.com/stories/18217/true-blood-actors-death-reveals-hidden-danger-addiction-we-dont-talk-about?li_source=base&li_medium=resourcelist-story-page

I am so sorry to hear this news. They are saying he went to rehab many times and it failed him. Of course it did. True Blood has a stepper as one of its stars, a writer and I beleive one of the creators is a stepper. So can you imagine how they must have circled him and pushed him to their Failing rehabs like Betty Ford or Hazelton or where Mad Mens Star went.

My condolences to the family . SAD — so sad – must stop AA in Hollywood pushing AA horshit from 1935 .

Gypsy New Netflix show Promotes NA meetings like sliced bread 1960’s answer.

This is a great new show created by Lisa Rubin graduate of Columbia Film School. When Jean played by Naomi Watts sends her young client with a drug problem to NA meetings ( 90 meetings in 90 days) my skin chilled. Sad that these creative story tellers still sell the same narrative.

Very sexy intelligent show about a married women with a transgender issued 7 year old child married to Lawyer, Billy Crudup in NYC. Our lady Naomi Watts is a Therapist who lies constantly to those around her. Yet  one does care about her. Brenda Vacarro also stars. The 12 step thread is annoying  and I wished one new show will come along that will crack that mold from 1935 and promote Harm Reduction with Drug addicts and either Smart recovery or MM or the use of Naltrexone with alcohol abuse .

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/06/gypsy-naomi-watts-netflix-lisa-rubin

OPERATOR OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CHARGED IN AN INSURANCE FRAUD CASE

RIVERSIDE –
A Murrieta woman who operated a licensed alcohol an
d drug treatment program has been charged
by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
in an insurance fraud case involving a loss of more
than
$231,000.
Brooke Elizabeth Best-Freeman, DOB: 3-13-83, is cha
rged with four felony counts of insurance fraud (Pe
nal Code
section 550 (a) (6)) and one felony count of solici
tation or referral for purposes of insurance fraud
(Penal Code
section 549) – also known as capping.
The accused “capper” in this case, Robert L. Cramer
, DOB: 3-19-68, of Lake Elsinore, is charged with o
ne felony
count of solicitation or referral for purposes of i
nsurance fraud.
Best-Freeman turned herself in at the DA’s Office i
n Riverside today, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and wil
l be booked
at the Robert Presley Detention Center held in lieu
of $231,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned
on Friday,
June 2, 2017. Cramer had not been arrested as of We
dnesday afternoon.
Best-Freeman has operated Best New Life Recovery si
nce 2015. The treatment program – licensed by the s
tate
Department of Health Care Services — initially was
located in Murrieta and later relocated to Temecul
a.

http://www.rivcoda.org/opencms/system/galleries/download/daReleases/NEWS_RELEASE_–_Operator_of_alcohol_and_drug_treatment_program_has_been_charged_with_insurance_fraud.pdf