If Nicholas Teausant was living some kind of double life, his mother and stepfather say he never let on.
“We knew nothing about this, as parents. Nothing,” his stepfather told FOX40.
Teausant’s stepfather asked us not to identify him. He says when they learned about their son Monday, or at least about the accusation against him, it was impossible for them to believe.
“We don’t believe he’s a terrorist. We don’t condone any of that stuff. I think he was mixed up in something that he had no clue about,” he said.
But Teausant did leave a large electronic footprint. In an early Internet posting, he speaks about the Koran and he speaks about smoking as a sin. The F.B.I. claims his activity on the web became far more nefarious over time.
The 20-year-old was a father himself and, according to the FBI, he made plans for the care of his own son if he was unable to return home- killed while fighting in Syria for an Al Qaeda splinter group.
The FBI intends to make certain he doesn’t return home anytime soon now for a completely different reason.
At the time of his arrest early Monday morning, Teausant was a member of the National Guard. The Guard says he was going to be released because he lacked the academic credentials, but that release hadn’t yet happened.
So, if the criminal complaint is accurate, and Teausant was rendering material aid to a designated terrorist group while plotting to go join that group in its fight in Syria, he did so as a Guardsman.
He’s now an inmate of the same criminal justice system he was studying to join at San Joaquin Delta community college.