Christean pleads guilty

Steven Christean stands with his attorney Karena Dunn as he pleads guilty of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance Monday in Elko District Court.

ELKO – A local LGBT activist arrested last year on multiple marijuana charges pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Steven H. Christean, 50, admitted to District Judge Nancy Porter he had more than one ounce of marijuana in his car on March 19, 2016, when he was arrested.

A pre-sentence investigation report has been filed to determine the penalty Christean faces when he is sentenced July 17.

According to previous reports, Christean was pulled over in Carlin when officers noticed he was unable to maintain his travel lane. The odor of marijuana coming from the car prompted a search of his vehicle where authorities found containers labeled with prices and other drug paraphernalia.

Christean was then arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession to sell a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain a lane or improper lane change.

According to Elko Justice Court documents in an unrelated matter from 2009, Christean also reached a plea bargain after being arrested for possessing materials with the intent to make explosive devices — one of which was contained in a soda bottle filled with chemicals and foil. It went off about 20 feet from the officer who investigated the scene by Aaron’s Furniture Store on Mountain City Highway.

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Christean faced two counts of unlawful possession of explosives, but a plea agreement resulted in him pleading guilty to disturbing the peace and paying a $150 fine.

Christean has been a vocal supporter of LGBT and transgender issues in Elko, organizing a parade for the group in 2015 and a festival in 2016.

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Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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