Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oregon Woman Gets Prison for Relationship with Boy - Updated

(Portland, Oregon) For convictions on counts of custodial interference and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, Jasmine Nguyen (aka Hanh Nguyen), 31, was sentenced to 20 months in prison. Nguyen must also register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Ironically, Nguyen's status as a sex offender may actually benefit her "healing and counseling" business.

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Woman Indicted for Rape of Boy, Skips Town With Boy
[Previous 12/13/07 entry](Multnomah County, Oregon) A 30-year-old local woman, Jasmine Nguyen, was indicted last Friday on five counts of third-degree rape of a 15-year-old boy.

Jasmine Nguyen and the boy, Nam Nguyen (no relation), are being sought by Portland Police. They disappeared prior to a grand jury session in which the boy was to testify.

According to Prosecutor Greg Moawad, the boy's mother initially complained to the police about Jasmine's relationship with her son. Jasmine is accused of having sex with Nam on five occasions at different locations between August and December 2007.
By the time she was indicted, Jasmine Nguyen had skipped town, police said. They suspect she has traveled out of state, possibly to California, with the boy, as well as her husband and her teenaged daughter.

"The 15-year-old had mixed-up emotions," Moawad said. "He saw himself as being in a relationship with her."

The Northeast Portland woman has run a private family and youth counseling practice called "Jasmine Healing and Counseling" since 2004, according to her Web site.

On the site, she invites visitors to "Come in and discover your own journey to happiness and well-being" at her office on Northeast 102nd Avenue.

According to her Web site, she has a master's degree from Pacific University and offered therapy via e-mail, at $20 per question.

Her site also announces a "breaking news" reduced rate for individual therapy, dropping from $100 per hour to $20 an hour, calling it a "rare opportunity" so she can provide high-quality care to clients who cannot otherwise afford it. The Web site includes testimonials from teenagers who say Jasmine is the first counselor to truly understand them.

For example, one 17-year-old male client, according to the Web site, wrote, "I don't like counselors but Jasmine is cool. She isn't like the other ones. She listens and motivates me to be better. I was failing all of my classes and getting into a lot of trouble at school. Now, I am getting straight A's and looking to volunteer to work with mentally challenged kids."

Police say that Jasmine Nguyen and her husband were last seen checking out of a hotel in Wilsonville on Thursday. Her husband didn't show up for work last week and their daughter didn't go to school, police said.
Nam Nguyen is 5' 5" and 130 lbs. Jasmine is an even 5' and 100 lbs. If you see them, contact the Portland Police at 503-823-0244.

On a completely unrelated note, Jasmine is the spitting image of a girl I met at the Love You Long Time Club somewhere on the Pacific Rim years ago. Probably no relation, her name was Linda. Nice girl. Oddly, her price for a therapy session was $20 also.

Tip: Don Morgenstern

[Update 01/05/08]

(Portland, Oregon) Jasmine Nguyen (aka Hanh Nguyen) was arrested in Las Vegas, NV, on December 13. Yesterday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, 30-year-old Nguyen was arraigned on five counts of third-degree rape. She pleaded not guilty and is being held on $250,000 bail.

Nguyen's husband, Patrick Sean Santiago, 26, was arrested in California last month. He faces charges of custodial interference, hindering prosecution and tampering with a witness.

[Update 8/2/08]

(Portland, Oregon) In accordance with an agreement, Jasmine Nguyen, 31, pleaded no contest to custodial interference and she pleaded guilty to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor
Jasmine Nguyen, also known as Hanh Nguyen, is expected to face a sentence of 20 months in prison for custodial interference, a felony, and three years of probation for the two misdemeanor counts, said Greg Moawad, a Multnomah County deputy district attorney. She also may face a lifetime of required sex offender registration

The pleas were made before Circuit Judge Eric Bergstrom about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after more than a day of settlement negotiations.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 21st.

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