LOGAN — A judge ordered Jeena Nilson to be taken into custody Monday afternoon, after the 61-year-old Providence woman refused to approach the stand during her sentencing hearing. Bailiffs placed her in handcuffs and led her out of the courtroom, as she ranted about her rights being violated.
The incident occurred in 1st District Court, where Nilson was scheduled to be sentenced on three counts of failing to register as a sex offender, a third-degree felony.
After Judge Kevin Allen called the case, Nilson stood up in the gallery and would not approach the stand. She threatened to call the United Nations, Department of Defense and other government agencies, as bailiffs wrestled her into handcuffs and took her outside the courtroom into a holding cell.
In October 2017, a jury found Nilson guilty of failing to disclose her social media accounts and work at a gym, in her sex-offender registry. The verdict came after a two-day trial, where she never took the witness stand. She was found guilty on three of four charges.
The jury found Nilson didn’t disclose that she was working or volunteering at the Altius Gymnastics Academy. She also didn’t report her Facebook page and Linked In account.
Nilson was originally scheduled to be sentenced in January. It has been delayed several times after she filed multiple motions to postpone it.
During Monday’s court appearance, Judge Allen told Nilson he had read all of her motions. He rescheduled sentencing for October 29 and ordered she be held until then. She could face up to five-years in prison.
In November 2002, Nilson was sentenced to one-to-15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.