Former Franklin County Judge Suspended Indefinitely From Practicing Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A former Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law.

The ruling Thursday from the Ohio Supreme Court comes after a recommendation by a disciplinary panel, who heard allegations against Timothy Horton, who served on that bench from 2006 to 2014.

The complaint was filed against Horton in January of 2018, and he resigned from his seat on the 10th District Court Appeals in February of 2019.

Horton was alleged to have sexually harassed an intern at his office, and made sexually inappropriate comments to his secretary.

The intern later had a consensual sexual encounter with Horton, after the internship ended, and she felt like she had to agree to his demands due to his power over her as a judge.

Horton is also accused of failing to file accurate campaign finance reports, related to his run for 10th District Court of Appeals in 2014, and making employees of his office do campaign work on office time.

A disciplinary panel originally issued a two-year suspension for Horton, with one year stayed. The panel recommended the indefinite suspension be issued by the Ohio Supreme Court, which was unanimous in the ruling released on Thursday.

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