California Juvenile Court Hearing Officer Arrested, Then Resigns After Soliciting Kids For Sex

A sitting juvenile court referee who regularly heard cases involving children was arrested last week according to Former Court Referee Accused Of Leading Double Life. Daniel Madden Horton’s arrest shocked those who appeared in his court room.

Investigators say Horton lived a double life. Not only did he decide important cases involving children, he also posed as a modeling agent photographer, approaching teen girls and offering them money for nude photos or sex acts. Investigators say that Horton was caught asking two teen police decoys to pose nude for a magazine, join a masturbation club and make sex videos.

Horton resigned from his position after Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Laura Earl immediately put Horton on leave last week. I imagine that parents who appeared in front of Horton are in disbelief and wonder how they could be judged for child abuse while Horton was allegedly abusing children when he was off the clock.

This case is reminiscent of the Texas Juvenile Court Judge who was caught on tape severely beating his daughter who had cerebral palsy (See Judge William Adams Beating Of Teen With Cerebral Palsy Sparks Outrage (VIDEO))

These men are, by definition, the worst kinds of hypocrites.


Lauren K Johnson is an attorney who handles child abuse cases, criminal cases, and juvenile cases and can be contacted here.