New Restrictions Placed on O.C. Doctor Accused of Sending ‘Sexually Motivated’ Messages to High School Cheerleaders

A judge has placed more restrictions on a Newport Beach doctor who is accused of sending sexually motivated messages to local cheerleaders, after he allegedly flew to Florida and made more inappropriate contact with cheerleaders.

David Haller, 52, was originally charged in June 2018 with two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. The Orange County District Attorney's office said Haller posed as a middle school-aged girl to friend 14-year-old cheerleaders at Newport Harbor High School on social media in 2017. Parents who were at Thursday's court hearing talked to KTLA about Haller's alleged contact with their daughters.

"During October, breast cancer month, my daughter had on the pink spanx and she was a flyer. So he was texting her, 'I love your pink panties.' That's when it started getting weird," the mother, who wanted to withhold her name, told KTLA.

Prosecutors said before his arrest last year, Haller volunteered for the cheerleading team at the University of California, Irvine and for sports teams at Newport Harbor High School. After his arrest he was released on his own recognizance. But while awaiting trial earlier this month, prosecutors allege Haller traveled to a cheer competition at Disney World in Florida.

"While there through a text type message he made contact with one of my witnesses," Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos said in court. "She was a cheerleader for Cal State Long Beach and he sent her an inappropriate, sexual type message."

Haller's trip to the Florida cheer competition unnerved some of the parents and the coach from the cheerleaders in Newport Beach.

"I am afraid for my team. After seeing him today, I am afraid again for my team," Coach Kristin Higman said.

"We just want everybody to know that it's something that is real, and something that impacts our girls and their lives," another mother said.

The judge at Thursday's hearing ordered Haller to post a $50,000 in order to leave the courtroom and ordered him to stay away from youth and collegiate cheer competitions, team practices, dance events and collegiate or athletic events at UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach.

He was also told to stay away from all middle schools, junior high school and high school campuses.

If convicted on the child annoyance charges, Haller faces up to two years in county jail.


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