Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

Summary: Nathan James Gastineau was sent back to jail and saw his bail raised by $200,000 over a Facebook post he wrote based off a Battlestar Galactica episode.

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31-year-old Nathan James Gastineau, a former deputy from Highland, California, was recently accused of having sex with a minor in a police vehicle. He was supervising the 16-year-old girl as part of the Highland station's Explorer program, which is meant to teach youth about police law-enforcement techniques.

To make matters worse for him, Gastineaus' bail was raised from $150,000 to $350,000 at a hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court over a Facebook post, according to The Press-Enterprise. On a Facebook Page titled Gastineau Support, Gastineau wrote the following:

This is your Admiral. I know there've been a lot of rumors going around … about the destruction that's been visited on my life. I would like to tell you that they're exaggerations, but in fact it cannot even come close to convey the horror that's been unleashed. The facts are … that my reputation has been destroyed, my job has been nuked, and my best friend is in jail. I imagine you're all asking yourselves the same question I am: What do we do now? Do we run? Do we hide? I think those are the easy choices. A philosopher once said "When faced with untenable alternatives you should consider your imperative." Tomorrow, look around you. Our imperative is right there, in our friendships, in our hearts, in our statements to the media, and in ourselves. War is our imperative. And if right now victory seems like an impossibility, then we have something else to reach for: revenge, payback. So we will fight. Because in the end it's the only alternative my enemy has left us. I say let's make them understand that as long as I still have a breath in me, that this war, that they started, will not be over. Thank you everyone for the support your about to show me tomorrow. I will see you on the other side.

"What on Earth is the matter with you?" Superior Court Judge John Martin asked Gastineau. "What do you mean by all this? You never know who reads something like this. You could be setting off a chain of events you have no control over that could endanger the alleged victim."

Gastineau told Martin the statement was not meant to threaten the girl, but was a monologue from the television show Battlestar Galactica (embedded above). Martin was not convinced, and even though Gastineau had been freed on the original bail bond, he was handcuffed by a bailiff and escorted from the courtroom.

After the court proceedings, Gastineau's lawyer, Andrew Haynal, downplayed any potential for danger, saying the message was paraphrased from the television show. "I strongly believe that my client would not be a threat to anyone in the community," Haynal said.

Gastineau was a co-founder and member of several costumed fan clubs of science fiction televisions shows and films. He was arrested on April 22, 2011. On June 21, 2011 he pleaded not guilty to three counts of lewd acts on a minor and three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Gastineau will return to court on August 25, 2011 when it will be determined whether lawyers are ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing on August 29, 2011.

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  • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

    I would interpret it as a threat, the deviation was too great and he put himself in the middle of it...

    The guy wants to bang little girls and then hold himself as greater than the law!
    slickjim
    • My exact thoughts

      @Peter Perry He may be a sci-fi geek, but the words he chose are 100% threatening towards the (alleged) victim.

      He talks about going to war and destroying the enemy. He uses the words "revenge" and "payback".

      He posted a thread. Nothing more, nothing less.
      wackoae
      • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

        @wackoae

        When I read his supposed "threat" my first assumption was that he was referring to war against the legal system, not against the victim.
        josh92
      • Why towards just her?

        He says, "they" started it. Sounds more like he has in mind some more general threat than just the girl. Wonder if he thought, for instance, it was a set-up, or if he blames over-zealous authority figures, etc.

        But seriously, has anyone looked at 16 year old girls recently? I'm not talking about your daughters who I am sure are very prim and proper, but the way they dress and act, the things that they have experience with and the influence of TV/Media on how they act and think is a lot different than when 16 was considered a child.
        trejz
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      @Peter Perry

      "Bang little girls"? Wow, you seem wholly ignorant of the age of consent of most of Europe. Age of consent in Spain is 13. In Germany it's 14. In several other countries in Europe the age of consent is 15. Only in like 2 countries in Europe is 18 the age of consent. And 16 is known as "the age of consent". 18 is not exactly the standard for the age of consent in the developed world. I hope I have made it clear why "The guy wants to bang little girls and then hold himself as greater than the law." is a gross mischaracterization.
      josh92
  • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

    So, I have to ask, why did the 16 year old not fight back? At 16, she knew what she was doing, so...


    Also, D-Bag, please do not tarnish the good name, Galactica.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      "At 16, she knew what she was doing, so..." That's a disgusting and misogynistic statement, regardless of how you meant it.
      APitchford
      • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

        @APitchford

        I didn't mean it in a negative way. I was simply trying to say that at 16 she should of had the smarts to recognize what the guy was trying to do, and then get away, even if caught in a vehicle. But at the same time, the original article cites this, and another guy for assulting the same girl, so who knows.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      @Cylon Centurion
      "So, I have to ask, why did the 16 year old not fight back?"

      It is never as easy as it looks to someone who has never been in that position.

      Besides, this fellow was a deputy, an authority figure in a position of trust, allegedly teaching "youth about police law-enforcement techniques." That made the girl all the more vulnerable, and all the more unprepared for the assault.
      sissy sue
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      @Cylon Centurion "So, I have to ask, why did the 16 year old not fight back? At 16, she knew what she was doing, so..."

      A similar comment was made on the new series Torchwood: Miracle Day:
      "A former schoolteacher, convicted in 2006 of the rape and murder of twelve-year-old Suzie Cabena, Danes will be remembered for his infamous line of defense. Upon his arrest, he told the police, "She should have run faster."
      Mr. Garibaldi
  • Unrepentant

    I guess what really kills me about Gastineau's Facebook post is his lack of remorse, unacceptance of guilt, and desire for "payback" against a girl whom he victimized and the society that has punished him for it.

    And this fellow was in law enforcement!
    sissy sue
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      @sissy sue

      Come on now, you wanna vent on this guy fine, but at least be accurate when you do it. I don't recall him ever specifically referring to the girl in his facebook post. I don't recall him ever saying the "payback" and "revenge" were meant for the girl. This is conjecture on your part.
      josh92
    • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

      @sissy sue What gets me is that you and others on here have already found him guilty of a crime - this has yet to be proven!

      IF he did it then by all means he deserves to be punished, he deserves to be reviled - but for now he is innocent until proven to be guilty by a jury of his peers.

      Let me guess, it didn't even enter into your mind that this girl might be lying? I'm not saying she did, I'm not saying he's innocent, I AM saying that his guilt is not yet proven.
      athynz
  • The age of consent...

    ...is different for every state. In most states the age is 16, not 18. In California, however, it *is* 18. On Federal lands the age is also 18.<br><br>I believe in New York state the age is 17, if I'm remembering my Law and Order:SVU episodes. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy"><br><br>The point being it's not only Europe that has differing ages, the states of the US do as well.<br><br>If the allegations are true, he's comitted a crime, even if the girl consented, because the law doesn't give her that right for another 2 years...

    EDIT: Meant as a reply for josh92, hit the wrong button
    wolf_z
  • The power of Facebook?

    There are some disturbing aspects of this action. If the defendant had made his statement verbally on the courthouse steps and had it shown on the local news, I doubt the judge would have been so quick to trample over what could be construed as the accused's right to free speech. But since it's on Facebook, somehow that's not free speech?<br><br>And then there is the implied notion that Facebook is some sort of pipeline to the crazies and radicals who would "misinterpret" the statement and react violently. This stigma is being placed on more and more online communications, that they are somehow "bad".<br><br>Finally, it now becomes evident that the concept of bail has lost its original meaning in American justice. It is no longer a simple guarantor of appearance, but a means for the judge and the system to deliver pre-emptive punishment at their own whim.
    terry flores
  • RE: Facebook post sends sex offender back to jail, raises bail by $200,000

    I notice a lot of you have already tried him, judged him, and threw him in a jail cell. He stands [i]accused[/i] of having sex with a minor - it has yet to be proven that he actually did have sex with her. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? I guess we threw that out of the window along with common sense and common courtesy.

    Also when I first read the text of the post that ticked off the judge so much my first thought was he was "at war" with the legal system and it did not seem a threat to the accuser.

    Now if it is true that he had sex with this 16 year old girl then by all means he should be punished for that.
    athynz
  • These are our cops?!

    This is terrible, and what is this guy thinking paraphrasing Battlestar Gallactica! There's no way this guy should've been anywhere but http://www.pointsincase.com/columns/casey-freeman/facebook-of-sex trying to find something his own age. Crazy times we live in.
    mel24won