Teens charged with gang rape caught on videotape

By Chelsea J. Carter, The Associated Press
Saturday July 13, 2002

NEWPORT BEACH — The son of an Orange County assistant sheriff and two other teenagers were charged Friday with the videotaped gang rape of an unconscious 16-year-old girl. 

The 17-year-olds were charged as adults with 21 felony counts that included rape, rape by a foreign object and administering a drug to incapacitate the victim. 

Gregory Scott Haidl, Kyle Joseph Nachreiner and Keith James Spann appeared briefly in court for an arraignment, which was continued until next week to give their attorneys time to review the charges. 

The teens’ hands and feet were shackled. They bowed their heads behind a wall to try to prevent being photographed in the packed room. 

All three were ordered held without bail. 

Outside the courtroom, the teenagers’ attorneys declined to comment on the charges. 

Attorney Joseph G. Cavallo, who represents Gregory Haidl, said his client was “holding up as well as can be expected for a 17-year-old.” 

Prosecutors allege the teens drugged the girl and raped her while videotaping the incident on July 5 at the Newport Beach home of Haidl’s father, Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl. 

Investigators would not say whether the assistant sheriff was home during the alleged incident or whether he even was aware of the party. 

The assistant sheriff arrived at the courthouse escorted by two deputies as a safety precaution because he “was the subject of a couple of death threats,” sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. He declined to provide details. 

Haidl declined to comment on the case but Amormino said he was cooperating with Newport Beach police in the investigation. 

“As any parent would be, he’s upset,” the spokesman added. 

Haidl is one of five assistant sheriffs and oversees the department’s 250-person reserve program.