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Wednesday
Nov162011

Minnesota Boy Turns in Mom for Pot Stash

David McNew/Getty Images(HASTINGS, Minn.) -- A probation supervisor may soon be answering to one of her own after her 11-year-old son got fed up with smelling marijuana in the home he shared with his mother and stepfather and told on the pair to authorities.

A Hastings, Minn., boy snapped a picture that showed about two pounds worth of high-grade marijuana sitting on his mother and stepfather's dresser, according to police.

The preteen, who police did not identify, reportedly confronted his mother, Heidi Christine Siebenaler, who is a Dakota County probation supervisor, about the smell, which he told police was so pungent he "was unable to escape [it] without going outside."

Siebenaler allegedly told her son that marijuana use is "not that bad," a criminal complaint stated.

The boy, who police called "mature for his age," forwarded the picture to his biological father, who turned it over to authorities.

The boy's stepfather, Mark Siebenaler, is being charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana, while Heidi Siebenaler is being charged with fifth-degree possession.

The case was turned over to Washington County since Heidi Siebenaler's employment with Dakota County, where she resides, would constitute a conflict of interest, a spokesman from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office said.

Mark Siebenaler doesn't dispute that the marijuana belongs to him. He told police he smokes it for medicinal purposes, despite the fact that medical marijuana is not legal in Minnesota.

"I smoke marijuana and I'm not ashamed to say it," Siebenaler told KMSP-TV.

According to the complaint, he told police his wife knew of the marijuana in the home. However, Heidi Siebenaler denied knowing about the marijuana in an interview with KMSP-TV Tuesday.

"They said my son couldn't escape the smell of marijuana and had to go outside for a breather," Heidi Siebenaler said. "That's not true. I live in this house. Never smelled it before. It makes me sick."

Siebenaler was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 2. ABCNews.com called a listed number for the Siebenalers, but was unable to reach anyone.

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Saturday
Jul092011

Meet the Probation Officer Who Confirmed Early Termination of Phillip Garrido's Parole

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office/Getty Images(NOVATO, Calif.) -- They are words of courtesy and encouragement that have come back to haunt Mark Messner: "I hope that you will continue to do well. If there is anything we can help you with in the future, do not hesitate to contact our office."

Messner, a senior U.S. probation officer who works for the California's northern district probation office, included those sentences in a May 17, 1999 letter to Phillip Garrido, the man later convicted of kidnapping, raping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years.

Garrido had kidnapped Dugard in 1991, when she was 11 years old, and went on to father two children with her. At the time of the kidnapping, Garrido had already had a violent sexual history. In 1977, he kidnapped and raped a woman named Katie Callaway Hall in Nevada.

For that crime, Garrido received a 50-year federal sentence. But he would see only 11 years of jail time before the federal government paroled Garrido and then released him to authorities in Nevada, where he briefly served a state prison sentence for his rape of Hall. After serving that sentence, he moved to California and served the remainder of his federal parole term.

Messner was one of the federal probation officers assigned to supervise Garrido's parole between January 1988 and March 1999, when the U.S. probation service decided to terminate Garrido's federal parole, leaving his supervision up to state authorities.

In his 1999 letter, Messner confirmed Garrido's "early termination" from federal parole and thanked him for his "cooperation."

Authorities in Nevada briefly took over supervision of his parole in 1999 before the responsibility was transferred to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation under the terms of an interstate parole compact. Like officers with the U.S. Parole Commission, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole officers also went years without discovering Garrido's latest crimes.

ABC News called Messner and asked him to talk to us about why the federal parole service failed to detect Jaycee Dugard and her children living at Garido's house. Both Messner and his supervisor said the U.S. Parole Commission had prohibited them from discussing the case.

"20/20" anchor Chris Cuomo caught up with Messner as he was returning to his home in Novato, Calif. Cuomo tried to ask him about the Garrido case, but Messner refused to get out of his car and drove off.

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