Ex-youth worker gets 3rd attorney
Jeremy Patrick Brice didn’t appear yesterday for his preliminary hearing at El Dorado County Superior Court for allegedly having sex with a minor but will have to drive from Oregon to appear July 25.
Brice was arrested in May on suspicion of oral copulation with a female under the age of 18 and inappropriately meeting with two young girls on different occasions.
Lori London, Brice’s third attorney since his arrest, said her client was now living in Oregon but keeps in touch daily.
If convicted of oral copulation felony, Brice could face a maximum of three years in state prison, $10,000 in fines and would be a registered sex offender, said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.
The other charge is a misdemeanor and can be punishable with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The public defender’s office submitted a letter in late June informing Judge Jerald Lasarow of a conflict of interest in representing Brice. According to Deputy Public Defender Simon Harvey, Brice could not be represented since a possible witness in the case was represented by the public defender’s office.
Jordan Morgenstern, Brice’s second attempt at obtaining a defense lawyer, submitted a June 5 letter to the court. It also stated a conflict of interest since Morgenstern is presently involved in litigation against the Boys and Girls Club, where Brice worked as a program director.
Prior to moving to South Lake Tahoe last spring, Brice worked for the Boys and Girls Club at Las Vegas for three years. It is unknown if he is working in Oregon.