Judge accused of sexual misconduct in court chambers
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Mar 30, 2013
An investigation into an Orange County Superior Court judge accused of improper sexual conduct in his chambers is expected to be completed next week.
The monthlong investigation involves Scott Steiner, a former high-ranking prosecutor and the son of former Orange County Supervisor William Steiner, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman with the Sheriff’s Department.
“We’re looking into all the allegations to see if they’re criminal or not,” Amormino said.
Amormino said that Steiner’s chambers were searched, and potential evidence was gathered and will be tested for DNA.
Deputies will send the final report to the state attorney general, Amormino said.
“We look forward to working with the inquiry to resolve any questions,” said Paul S. Meyer, Steiner’s attorney.“We believe that the truth will clear this matter.”
Steiner, a prosecutor in the county for more than a decade, was elected to a six-year term on the bench in 2010.
The district attorney’s office was informed last month that Chapman University, where Steiner teaches, was conducting an inquiry into Steiner’s conduct, said Susan Kang Schroeder, the district attorney's chief of staff.
The district attorney’s office asked the state attorney general to handle any further investigation because of Steiner’s relationship with the prosecutor’s office.
Before taking the bench in January 2011, Steiner was a deputy district attorney. He started out as a law clerk and worked his way up to special prosecutions and the gang units, Schroeder said.
Steiner is politically connected. When he was elected in 2010, he garnered the endorsement of Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
On March 11, Steiner was transferred from the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to the North Justice Center in Fullerton, said Gwen Vieau, a spokeswoman with the Superior Court. She said several judges were moved at that time.
Steiner has also been an adjunct faculty at Chapman University’s Law School. Officials at the university could not provide details on Steiner’s employment Friday.
In 2011, while working as a prosecutor, Steiner was accused of using an office computer for work related to his unsuccessful campaign for the Orange City Council.
State prosecutors investigated the complaints to avoid a conflict of interest. No charges were filed.
#2 Mar 30, 2013
The government personnel can do as they please
Since: Jul 10
#3 Mar 31, 2013
that one is not the only judge to do so. another one got caught in the act of 'relieving' himself while on the bench WHILE presiding over cases at the time.
http://www.judiciaryreport.com/the_masturbati... Judge Donald "Penis Pump" Thompson got 4 years in prison for his freaky conduct in masturbating while presiding over cases that he clearly was not paying attention to and to think, this man was presiding over serious cases in U.S. Federal Court. They found semen under his desk on the carpet.
thing is, how many judges are guilty of whatever cases they are presiding over. like that one who was whipping his daughter with the belt. I bet that it is more common than folks realize. or in some cases, want to realize.
#4 Mar 31, 2013
The fact it's being investigated proves they can't, but you're clearly confused.. a LOT. Have you met my pal, snag ??? LMAOROTFU~!
#5 Mar 31, 2013
Judges are human.
They arn't perfect like Catholic Priests.
#6 Mar 31, 2013
You're "right", they "arn't"... LMAOROTPOSFU~!
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