Secret Service Agent For President Reagan Guilty of Sex With Minor

Before the illicit relationship with his best friend’s 16-year-old daughter was discovered–an affair that led to his conviction Friday on sex and drug charges–U.S. Secret Service Agent Timothy John O’Brien lived the good life.

At work, he had reached the top rungs of his profession–the presidential detail. O’Brien was assigned to protect the Bel-Air home of former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.

Off-duty, O’Brien drove a motorcycle and a red 1974 Fiat Spyder and lived in a house in Hermosa Beach about a mile from the shore.

Last December, however, Hermosa Beach police arrested O’Brien. And on Friday, the 38-year-old agent was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of four felonies that could send him to state prison for five years.

Judge William Pounders immediately ordered O’Brien–who had been free on $500,000 bail–to jail, saying he was a flight risk.

Jurors convicted O’Brien of unlawful sex with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, unlawful penetration of a minor and possession of methamphetamine. Jurors also convicted him of a sole misdemeanor count, resisting arrest.

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After 3 1/2 days of deliberations, however, jurors were unable to reach verdicts on three other counts: sodomy with a minor, furnishing methamphetamine to a minor and brandishing a gun.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Rosenthal, who in court had called O’Brien a “predator,” said prosecutors would decide by the sentencing hearing, set for Sept. 18, whether to seek a retrial on those three charges. He declined to comment further.

Jim Bauer, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Los Angeles office, said O’Brien has been suspended without pay pending an internal review and added: “We regret the pain he has caused his victims and his family.”

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Defense attorney Jim Blatt said he was disappointed by the verdicts, but said it could have been worse. If convicted on all counts, O’Brien faced up to 17 years in prison, Blatt said.

Source: U.S. Agent Guilty of Sex With Minor – latimes

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