San Joaquin County Man Charged with Supporting al-Qaida

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A sketch of Nicholas Teausant in court

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A San Joaquin County man is facing serious allegations he provided support to al-Qaida.

Nicholas Teausant is from Acampo and attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. He was arrested Monday just south of the Canadian border in Washington.

He was recently with the National Guard, but was in the process of being released because he allegedly did not meet the minimum qualifications to continue, according to court documents. The document states due to his lack of required academic credits, he never attended basic training and his guard training was minimal.

Federal prosecutors say Teausant intended to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is more commonly known as al-Qaida.

According to court documents, Teausant posted comments on social websites about his desire to be a part of America’s “down fall.” He allegedly posted a comment “…I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start”. He also posted he wanted to find a copy of the how-to guide for becoming a lone wolf terrorist.

He is scheduled to appear in a federal court Monday afternoon. If found guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, Teausant could face 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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