Parents Surprised by Terrorism Charges against Son

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


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.


A sketch of Nicholas Teausant in court; March 17, 2014.

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.

VIDEO: San Joaquin Delta College Classmates React to Terrorism Charges for Acampo Man

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.

READ: San Joaquin County Man Charged with Supporting al-Qaida

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s