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    John Juul Nielsen, a 53-year-old dance instructor from Orange County, was arrested by police who came to his Cerritos home last month on charges that he had been texting inappropriate messages of a sexual nature to a 15-year-old student. Nielsen has taught various forms of teen and adult dance at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), located in Santa Ana, and at Quest Learning Center, located in Artesia. Santa Ana Police Department Corporal Anthony Bertagna said that Nielsen is now at the Santa Ana city jail under $15,000 bail. Nielsen has a wife and 3 kids at home.

    Nielsen was a part-time dance instructor at OCHSA until earlier this year. He was fired by the school’s administration mid-January, after more than a year of employment, in ordinance with the advice of prosecutors and members of law enforcement. According to the District Attorney, Nielsen sent the 15-year-old girl texts about his personal life, ex-girlfriends and current girlfriends. The text messages began October 15 and ended January 11. As the messages became more sexual, Nielsen allegedly asked the young girl for exclusive dates, saying that he had fallen in love with her.

    After a failed attempt to confront Nielsen and tell him to stop, the girl confided in a close friend, who then reported the relationship to school counselors. The counselor ultimately told school officials once more details had been investigated and confirmed.

    In an interview with the Orange County Register, OCHSA administration said that Nielsen was forced to leave temporarily as soon as the accusation came up, but that he was fired once more evidence had been gathered. Currently, Nielsen faces up to a year in prison. If he is convicted of sexual harassment, he will have to be registered as a California sex offender for life.

    Further investigation of the man’s background has led to discovery of a past sexual harassment case in which Nielsen was accused of discrimination and inappropriate behavior while he was a Fire Chief for the La Habra Heights Fire Department. The victim in that 2008 case, Sabrina Somma, worked under Nielsen’s supervision. Nielsen has apparently ganged up with another manager to make libelous comments about the woman. He responded to her court complaint with a grossly inappropriate letter urging Somma that he was sorry, but promising that in the future she would feel comfortable with him: “I can make you feel like you have never felt before. LOVE ME.” Somma eventually had to quit her job. Legal matters were settled with a court document releasing all claims without admitting liability to either side. Somma was paid $375,000 in insurance money.

    If you think that you may be a victim of child or adult sexual harassment, call a sexual harassment lawyer. Los Angeles is the perfect place to find an attorney who can help with a case like Nielsen’s sexual harassment at OCHSA. A sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles won’t let the perpetrators off the hook easily. In fact, a sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles will try everything in his power to uphold the victim’s individual rights so that he or she is reimbursed for lasting mental and physical damage caused by sexual harassment. You’re not alone—report all your cases of sexual harassment in California to a sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles. A sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles will stay by your side until the end.