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Jury Deadlocked on Verdict of Accused Molester Teacher

The jury could not come to a verdict in the trial of Daniel James Oberg, who is charged with five counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14.

A jury Thursday deadlocked on a verdict in the case of a former substitute teacher in Murrieta and Temecula accused of molestation.

Daniel James Oberg is charged with five counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14, according to court records.

The jury was in the midst of deliberations -- having started Tuesday afternoon -- when the panel informed the judge it was deadlocked.

The jurors had asked five questions of the judge and attorneys before it found itself at an impasse.

The day of his arrest, Oct. 8. 2009, Oberg, a then-Wildomar resident, was scheduled to work at a Temecula school, said Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

He had worked at six school sites, including high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, Norton said at the time.

Oberg also worked within the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, substitute teaching at schools that included Shivela Middle School.

Brenda June 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Well, if they didn't have the evidence, they didn't have it. I think its getting harder and harder to prove these type crimes, accusations because of storys getting different along the way. I would say something is up when it has affected so many different schools, and its a shame the DA could not come up with the evidence to prove this case. If it was just one school i would question the validity, but several schools of all different ages? Makes you wanna go Hmmm......
ed beltran June 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM
This article really didn't explain what the heck happened, why the jury deadlocked?, what witness's testified?, what defense did the substitute put on? Just as good of job as the DA performed.
objectively speaking June 21, 2012 at 06:06 AM
What many don't know about this case is the fact that Mr. Oberg has an ex-wife who very probably poisoned their daughter against her dad. They'd already undergone troubled custody hearings before these allegations occurred. Had the ex had been brought into questioning, I believe that these issues would have come to light. This facet of the case was kept hidden during the proceedings, however. What a sham! At least investigate all possible issues! Just because we know perverts exist doesn't mean that everyone accused is guilty.
Brenda June 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Interesting "objectively" to know this. VERY VERY True that Cps, law enforcement condemn these men and women of horrible crimes that a parent nor a teacher would mostly NEVER commit. Yes there are "some" molesters, or parents who beat their children, starve them in closets etc. but that is a very very small amount. Actually if our CPS and Police werent running around sifting through so many fraudulent cases, those anonymous calls placed by the kids themselves, or unhappy ex wives, friends of the kids, CPS could work on cases that are ABUSE. Kids are taught too much in high school and even primary school about reporting parents, or anyone else who does somethng they dont like. Someone makes them mad, and accusations start flying. CPS and their court are trained to believe the child 100%, and most times do not even bother interviewing friends, family, coworkers of the accused. Its a very sad system.
Brenda June 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I also believe that calls to CPS and the police or schools should NOT be anonymous. In all actuality if someone is reporting these types of legitimate crimes why would they want to be anonymous? I would give my name, also in case I was needed as a witness for the crime I was acusing someone of right?
Mom May 07, 2013 at 10:12 AM
And what do you KNOW about the case?!? I hear many defend the stories - indeed STORIES - told by the defendant, but have NO facts to backup their siding with him. Last I knew, NO self respecting or job keeping DA would file charges based on accusations of the ex-wife, NOR on UNsubstantiated accusations of the child. This case only went to court as a result of EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY - more than the child's testimony. The hung jury was tragically based NOT on guilt, but on legal details. 6 of 12 were "without reasonable doubt" of guilt. And you believe you know better based on anything other than Mr. Oberg's stories? That's undeniably how perpetrators of the crimes in question get to victimize repeatedly. Have you read the indicting judge's comments (via media quotes)? That judge clearly deemed Oberg guilty... and he's by no means the only one. Questioning of a child by a DA or other professional makes it pretty easy to tell if the story is concocted... it certainly cannot be a coached story and hold up for long with a child as a kid cannot/does not think of the surrounding details that reveal the situation. Just base your opinion of fact, PLEASE!!! Kids are at stake here.

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