ROCKVILLE, Md. – Wednesday, Court commissioner Daniel Read was convicted of sexual solicitation with a minor. He was found guilty by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell.
Read was arrested in December 2015. He was accused of carrying on a conversation on social media and via text messages as he pursued a sexual relationship with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy, but turned out to be undercover officers.
In court, just before the verdict was read, the judge said some of the most convincing evidence in this case came from text message conversations Read had with someone he thought was a 15-year-old named John.
They sent pictures and messages back and forth for about a month, many of them explicit.
In the text conversations, in the beginning, the undercover officer suggested the two meet to have sex, and Read turned down the offers.
But print-outs of the conversation show, a couple weeks later, Read initiated the idea of the two meeting to have sex. The two arranged to meet at a McDonalds, and that is where Read was arrested.
Read worked for the court system as a court commissioner. Ramon Korionoff with the State’s Attorney’s Office said that was one of the most bothersome things about this case.
“It is such a troubling case because someone who could be setting the bonds, as a district court commissioner does for sex offenders on occasion, was himself soliciting sex with a minor,” explained Korionoff.
The crime is punishable with up to 10 years in prison. Read will be sentenced in August.