Suspect’s public posts in jeopardy |

Suspect’s public posts in jeopardy

Randy Hansen, a drug-rehabilitation advocate and business owner who was arrested last week on suspicion of selling prescription drugs and possessing child pornography, may lose his seat on several county committees.

“I believe Mr. Hansen needs to step down immediately,” Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne said Tuesday.

“My understanding is that the chairs of those committees will ask Mr. Hansen to step down until this is cleared up,”

Hansen is a member of the Nevada County Substance Abuse Advisory Board and the Nevada County Mental Health Board. He has been involved with Project Jumpstart and Harmony Hill Homes Foundation.

He was arrested Thursday after police searched his home on the 13000 block of Greenhorn Road and his Main Street thrift shop, Grass Valley Blues.

Grass Valley Police Sgt. Michael Hooker said authorities seized several prescription drugs – Valium, morphine, OxyContin, Ambien and Abilify. Investigators said they believed Hansen and possibly his longtime girlfriend had been selling the drugs.

Inside the business, police found a child pornography video on a computer.

Hooker said police believe that all of the prescriptions belonged to Hansen’s girlfriend, and that one or both of them were selling the drugs.

Hansen has declined to discuss the allegations.

But while his case is working its way through the legal system, Horne said she believes Hansen should step down from his public boards.

“In light of recent events, he should not be on those boards,” Horne said. She said that if Hansen refuses to step down, the Board of Supervisors would consider removing him.

She said she is not sure what would happen if the charges against Hansen are dropped or if he is eventually found innocent. Until then, she said, Hansen should not retain his board appointments.

“I’m not going to wait seven months for that action to take place,” she said.

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