Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Also on the docket in Ohio is a scheduled three-day bar hearing involving allegations of judicial misconduct that had led in part to a criminal conviction.
ABC6 reported in March 2017
A Franklin County judge will soon be serving jail time spending campaign cash to throw lavish parties for his staff and supporters.
Horton admitted the expenditures were "unreasonable and excessive" in court records. He agreed to spend ten days in jail.
Preisse said Horton, a Democrat, should step down.
"Whether it's a Republican judge or a Democratic judge, it doesn't matter," he said. "When a judge pleads guilty to finance law violations and will spend time in jail, that's the exact wrong message to send to the public.'
Horton's attorney said Horton will continue to serve on the bench.
“I respect the Judge’s decision and plan to serve the sentence promptly," Horton said in a statement from his attorney. "I take full responsibility for my mistakes, and am taking steps to ensure that the taxpayers suffer no financial loss during the period of my absence.”
His attorney said he would take an unpaid leave from the bench to serve his jail sentence. He said he hoped to serve his time as soon as possible.
Horton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against him by a former intern in the fall of 2014, months after the spending spree.
"There's a pattern obviously and there's an accumulation of problems and violations and now finally a guilty plea," Preisse said.
Fox 28 Columbus reported on the sex charges.
The complaint (accessible here) sets out the alleged sexual misconduct against two employees (including a first year law student summer intern) in graphic detail. (Mike Frisch)