San Juan Man Charged with Elder Abuse for 3rd Time in 3 Years
JANUARY 30, 2013
A man from one of San Juan Capistrano’s historic families pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts of elder abuse and one felony count of discouraging a witness—the third such incident in less than three years.
Declan Paul Nieblas, whose family ancestry predates Mission San Juan Capistrano, is charged with inflicting injury on an elder, false imprisonment of an elder or dependent adult by violence and dissuading a witness by force, according to court documents.
Pretrial for the case has been scheduled for February 5, followed by a preliminary hearing February 7 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Nieblas is being held on $65,000 bail in Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, according to Orange County Sheriff’s arrest records.
Nieblas was arrested January 24 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a grand theft report at Seasons Senior Apartments, located at 31641 Rancho Viejo Road. According to court records, the violations occurred two days earlier.
In June 2012, Nieblas pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for violating a protective/stay away order. Two other misdemeanor charges—one for elder abuse and another for disobeying a domestic relations court order—were dismissed.
Nieblas received three years of informal probation, which was revoked in his most recent case. A probation hearing has been set for February 5.
The 2012 incident also violated a previous three-year informal probation Nieblas was dealt in May 2010, when he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of inflicting injury on an elder and for damaging a wireless device to prevent notifying law enforcement. Nieblas was also given 90 days in jail.
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