OCSD arrests teacher on suspicion of child molestation


The Orange County Sheriff’s Department issued this news release on Wednesday, Jan. 23:

Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a man suspected of committing multiple lewd acts on a 13-year-old boy beginning in 2011.

The man, Brandon Jacob Nease, 25, of Orange, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of felony child molestation.

For the past one and a half years, Nease has been a drama teacher at Costa Mesa High School.

He previously taught dance at the Boys and Girls Club in Tustin and Fountain Valley beginning in 2013.

From 2015 to 2017, Nease was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Musical Theatre West in Long Beach.

From 2012 to 2015, Nease was a dance specialist at Camp James in Newport Beach.

From 2008 to 2016, Nease was the Choreographer/Director for the Musical Theater Village in Irvine.

Nease worked closely with children in each of his roles as a dance instructor.

Due to Nease having continued access and contact with children over the past seven years, investigators believe there may be additional victims.

Nease posted $100,000 bond this morning and has been released from custody.

Please contact the Special Victims Detail at (714) 647-7419 if you have any information. Anonymous information may be provided through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.