Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

Unbelievable.  Another Santa Ana public school teacher has been arrested for making sexually suggestive comments to students, the day after a wrestling coach and biology teacher, Joseph Manuel Orduna, was arrested at Godinez High School. This time the SAPD arrested John Juul Nielson, of Cerritos, a dance instructor at a Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) charter public school, the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA).



There is no mention of this new arrest yet on the SAUSD’s website.  Nor is there any mention of this on the OCHSA website, or on their Facebook page.  I don’t think the OCHSA’s Board was ready for this. You can email the OCHSA board here.

Here is the SAPD’s press release:

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: HIGH SCHOOL DANCE INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE TEXT MESSAGES AND COMMENTS TO STUDENT

HIGH SCHOOL DANCE INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE TEXT MESSAGES AND COMMENTS TO 15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE STUDENT

Contact: Corporal Anthony Bertagna
Office (714) 245-8029
Cell (714) 709-2043

SANTA ANA – A high school dance instructor was arrested today by Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officers on charges for sexually suggestive text messages and conversations with a 15-year-old female student. John Juul Nielson, 53, Cerritos, is charged with one misdemeanor count of child annoyance and faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted. He is being held on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Nielson is accused of grooming 15-year-old Jane Doe and gaining her trust while working as a dance instructor at Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. From Oct. 15, 2011 to Jan. 11, 2012, Nielson is accused of sending her sexual text messages and revealing information about his personal life, including details about his current and past relationships. He is also accused of engaging in multiple sexually inappropriate conversations, including asking her for an “exclusive” dating relationship.

School officials reported the case to SAPD after other students became suspicious of the relationship between the defendant and victim.

If convicted, Nielson’s lifetime registration as a sex offender would bar him from entering county recreational areas which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the county’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 11 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact SAPD Detective Ed Zaragoza at (714) 245-8351 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Carl Waddell at (714) 834-7538.

Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben is prosecuting this case.

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Sent by Santa Ana Police Department, 60 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

4 thoughts on “SAPD arrests another public school teacher, at OCHSA, for sexual comments”
  1. My son is a student at OCHSA, you should be aware that parents were notified immediately upon the arrest of the teacher in question. Since the school contacted law enforcement initially when inappropriate contact between the teacher and the student was suspected, and due to the fact that SAPD started to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter, the problem was kept under wraps not to jeopardize the procedures.

    As a parent, I support 100% the way OCHSA handled the investigation and the subsequent notification to the parents. I am proud that my son is a student at OCHSA.

    To Your Health,

    Martin J Backman, M.D.
    Diplomate, American Board
    Of Psychiatry & Neurology

  2. Dr. Backman, so you say…What happen to transparency? The public has a right to know and it should be posted on their websites including SAUSD. Hopefully, John and Ken from KFI640 brings this out from the wood work!!!!

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