Former Alameda County, Calif., Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, the estranged wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, faces charges of drug possession and child abuse following her arrest last week, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Police arrested Lockyer, 41, after they received a tip that she may be keeping drugs at an Orange County home where she was staying with her 9-year-old son. When police arrived, they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia – a tubular aluminum foil with a burned end – at the house.
Lockyer wasn’t home at the time, but when police found her, they said she showed “objective signs” of meth intoxication, the Associated Press reported. She was arrested on August 28 and charged with felony methamphetamine possession and three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.
She faces the child abuse charge because she allegedly kept the drugs in the home with her son.
Lockyer pleaded not guilty to all charges on August 30 and was released on her own recognizance to National Therapeutic Services, a drug rehab Center in Orange County, the Mercury-News reported. She’s due in court Monday for a pretrial hearing.
“Nadia recognizes her error and is in the process of doing everything possible to regain her health,” her attorney, Allan Stokke, told the Associated Press.
Bill Lockyer, 71, filed for divorce from his wife in July three months after she resigned from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on April 20 in the wake of a sex and drug scandal.
Nadia alleged in February she was assaulted by a former boyfriend while the two were in a room she rented after a dispute with her husband. She met the man at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, the Mercury-News reported. After a lengthy investigation, the Justice Department announced that no charges would be filed against her lover.
Bill Lockyer’s spokesperson Tom Dresslar said Wednesday that “Bill hopes Nadia has a successful recovery, and he also wants to make clear that [their son] is living with him in the Bay Area and he’s safe and sound,” the Mercury-News reported.
NBCNews.com Wednesday 6th September 2012.
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