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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento County family court judicial official has been arrested on child molestation accusations after allegedly attempting to arrange to have teens pose naked for him.
Daniel Horton, 47, was arrested Wednesday. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and released on bail.
The Sacramento Police Department arrested Horton, 47, for annoying or molesting a child and for attempting to contact a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.
Horton is a referee with the Sacramento Juvenile Dependency Court, hearing cases involving neglected and/or abused children under 18.
According to police, on several occasions Horton has presented himself as a modeling agent photographer. He has requested to photograph the victims, who are under age 18, in either a bathing suit or nude. Horton is believed to have discussed the fictitious “masturbation club” with minors and to have offered them money in exchange for sexual acts, police said.
The investigation revealed that Horton may have propositioned several teens and likely has additional victims under age 18.
Police said Horton drives a light gold 2002 Mercedes C320 and frequents the Folsom Boulevard corridor between State University Drive and Zinfandel Drive. He has also been seen in the Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard areas.
The Sacramento Police Department asks anyone with information on this case to call the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
Detectives urge anyone under age 18 who has been propositioned or approached by Horton to call police.