Two weeks after she was arrested on drug and child endangerment charges, former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer was granted the right to see her 9-year-old son -- but only if his father, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is present, an Orange County judge ruled Monday.
Nadia Lockyer, 41, also can have telephone conversations with her son, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz. Lockyer was separated from her son late last month after police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a room she was sharing with the boy at a relative's Orange home.
It was the latest in a tragic downfall played out this spring in her bizarre public breakup with an ex-con lover and her 71-year-old husband, one of the state's most powerful Democrats.
In a brief court appearance Monday, Lockyer waived her right to a preliminary hearing within 60 days of her Aug. 30 arraignment, and her next court date is scheduled for Nov. 1.
Police went to the home where Lockyer and her son, Diego, were staying on Aug. 28 after a caller tipped them that she might have drugs there, Katz' office said last week. Officers found a tube of aluminum foil with a burned end, and when they met Lockyer later that day, she showed signs of being under the influence of drugs.
She was arrested and charged with felony methamphetamine possession and three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. The latter count was lodged because the drug was found in the room Lockyer was sharing with her son; that charge was modified Monday to child abuse and endangerment, Katz said.
"Nadia just wants everyone to know she recognizes her errors here,'' her attorney, Allen Stokke of Newport Beach, said Monday afternoon. "She's fully intending to make herself healthy and someday be an inspiration to others who are facing this same kind of problem."
Lockyer had entered not guilty pleas to all the counts on Aug. 30 and was released on her own recognizance to National Therapeutic Services, an Orange County drug rehab center offering mental health and addiction services.
She resigned her District 2 supervisor seat April 20, months after a Feb. 3 incident in a Newark hotel room brought her extramarital affair and her drug addiction into the public eye. She had told police that Stephen Chikhani, of San Jose -- her lover since 2010 -- had attacked her in the room she had rented for herself and her son after an argument with her husband. After a lengthy review of the evidence, the state Justice Department announced April 30 that no charges would be filed against Chikhani.
Lockyer this summer sought a restraining order to keep Chikhani away from her and her family; a hearing was scheduled for last week in Pleasanton, but due to Lockyer's arrest, a judge agreed to postpone it until December. Chikhani has denied stalking, bothering or wanting anything to do with Lockyer, though he has made inquiries about selling sex tapes he made with her.
Bill Lockyer filed for divorce in July, citing "irreconcilable differences" and seeking joint physical and legal custody of their son. His spokesman, Tom Dresslar, last week said that "Bill hopes Nadia has a successful recovery, and he also wants to make clear that Diego is living with him in the Bay Area and he's safe and sound."
Dresslar said Monday that Bill Lockyer agrees with the court's decision allowing his estranged wife to talk to and see their son.