Powell pleads guilty to five charges, is sentenced

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On Monday, May 23, 2016, Nasir David Powell, 18, was arraigned and sentenced on a five-count amended complaint in Riverside County Superior Court before Judge Mark A. Mandio. He pleaded guilty to all five counts involving sexual activities with minors, occurring late in 2015 and earlier this year.

Powell was arrested on March 17, and originally had been charged with six offenses involving sexual contacts with students at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he was enrolled as a student. He had been held on $5 million bail.

Powell was sentenced to serve 300 days in county jail (with 70 days credit for time he already has served) as a condition of 60 months of formal probation. One hundred and sixty days of his jail time will be served in a work-release program to begin immediately.

Powell was further ordered to register with local police as a sex offender upon his release from custody, and he must complete, cooperate with and pay the costs of a state-certified sexual offender management program. He is under orders not to leave the state of California without first obtaining written permission of the probation department, per the Interstate Compact Act.

Further conditions of probation include living at a residence approved by his probation officer, notifying his probation officer of any address changes, permitting immediate searches — without cause — of all property under his control, having no contact with the five victims designated in the order only by their initials, and being prohibited from associating with any unrelated persons who are on probation or parole.

He also may not possess a firearm or ammunition, and was required to waive any psychotherapist/doctor-patient privilege and to submit to periodic polygraph examinations at his own expense.

Powell was ordered to pay various fines and penalty assessments totaling some $1,700 and to pay victim restitutions in amounts to be resolved later.

Powell’s probation will expire May 22, 2021, when he will be 23 years of age.

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  1. good. this punishment is no where near what he deserves but at least it’s punishment.

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