ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15HM07053
Date: July 16, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH – Two men were charged today with animal cruelty for cutting down tree which housed migratory and protected birds. Stephen John Esser, 47, Dana Point, and David Roger Stanley, 40, Downey, are each charged with one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession and destruction of bird nests/eggs, one misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of migratory nongame birds, and one misdemeanor count of harassing a bird or mammal. If convicted on all charges, the defendants each face a maximum sentence of one year and six months in jail. Esser and Stanley are out of custody and are expected to be arraigned on Aug. 28, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-8, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At the time of the crime, Esser and Stanley are accused of working for Tim Greenleaf Engineering. The defendants were tasked with cutting down a tree on private property adjacent to a sidewalk as part of a complete demolition. Continue reading