California Attorney General, Sheriff's Department Are Investigating Orange County Judge For Alleged Quid Pro Quo Sexual Affair

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Judge Steiner
With the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the California Attorney General's office is investigating allegations that a married Superior Court judge may have enjoyed a quid pro quo sexual affair that landed a woman a job in the District Attorney's office, OC Weekly has learned.

Judge Scott Steiner, the target of the investigation, has been reassigned away from weighty duties in the county's central courthouse in Santa Ana to minor duties in Fullerton court, according to multiple, well-placed sources.

Tony Rackauckas' Orange County District Attorney's office, where Steiner worked before becoming a judge, recused itself after learning of the allegations and notified the AG's office.

The probe is being handled by sheriff's deputies and, if charges are filed, they'll be prosecuted by the AG's office, according to AG spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill, who acknowledged that OC authorities gave her office "a heads up" about the case.

In recent days before his transfer, prosecutors refused to appear before Steiner.

Steiner, a part-time law professor at Chapman University's law school, has not been answering phone calls or email, but has hired acclaimed, high-price criminal defense lawyer Paul S. Meyer of Costa Mesa.

Meyer declined an interview and a Chapman spokeswoman refused to discuss Steiner's status, but other well-placed legal sources say that the allegations may include courthouse sex.

Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff at the DA's office and a personal Steiner ally, told the Weekly that prosecutors became aware of a related Chapman University investigation on Feb. 26.

"We immediately turned the matter over to the AG's office," said Schroeder.

As a prosecutor, Steiner performed exceptional work in controversial hate crime cases and has been a longtime conservative, Republican Party activist. He rose to the bench with the enthusiastic backing of Rackauckas. His father, Bill, was a county supervisor.

Last year, a state judicial ethics panel rebuked OC Judge Salvador Sarmiento for fixing tickets for his wife and several years ago another judge, the insufferable John M. Watson, was caught using his court staff to run an apartment leasing business.

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sully586
sully586

Now we're seeing the REAL Scott Steiner.  What a jerk!!

rozier.karen
rozier.karen

DEMAND TO SEE YOUR COMPLETE LOAN FILE FROM YOUR LENDER.

Judge Steiner granted US Bank's lawyers an Injunction against me and my husband. The had no credible evidence. The threat -- We threatened to charge them with a crime and prosecute them if we could prove criminal activity. 

He decided that our "threat" was sufficient so that we can no longer own guns for 3-years!

We are Black, the lawyers are Jewish. They also claimed we made anti-Semitic remarks but offered no proof. We offered evidence that I help Jewish youth, that our son attends Shabbat, and that my husband was raised in a Jewish neighborhood. He still ruled in their favor.

We intend to appeal.  

We know they are doing this to distract them.  ORDER YOUR LOAN FILE. FIGHT YOUR BANK.

Nov.16
Nov.16

Cottonwood,

You can't unfuck a fuck and instill responsibility.

Nov.16
Nov.16

Scott,

Wasn't this dude suspected or charged as a D.A. for using county resources for a political run?? I'm sure you wrote about it Moxley. Karma's a bitch Steiner

dzarzana68
dzarzana68

Why criticize this judge, he was only giving her a stiff sentence.

dzarzana68
dzarzana68

Why be critical of this judge - he was only giving her a stiff sentence.

2aggie
2aggie

How has the OC Register not even picked up on this story yet?? This is huge news in this county? Kudos to the Weekly for having the balls to print this.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

He has a smirk on his face in that picture.

fc2479
fc2479

A stiff ....YOU KNOW WHAT.....has no  conscious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

How does this even happen? What I mean is do they have such hubris and no fear that they can throw this out there...hey you know if you like sucking dick and you like work you might like to do that and maybe some sex for work. I can barely look my co-workers in the eye with fear I might be thought of as doing something to offend them in some weird HR way.

hyrashid
hyrashid

you judge the one who destroyed me and my family life and wasted  one million dollars  35  years savings and now i have no money to pay my kids education .so god bunish you .you deserve what happen to you

OCWatcher
OCWatcher

It's obvious why the DA's office immediately handed the case over to the AG if you've been around the legal system.

Then-Judge Tony Rackauckas had an affair with a Deputy DA by the name of Kay Enderle.

They went on to marry, but that doesn't erase the fact that then-Judge Rackauckas had an affair with a woman who works in the DA's office.  Judge Steiner's being investigated for having an affair with a woman who works in the DA's office.

Clearly, the DA's office recused itself because Rackauckas had a moral and ethical conflict with this case.

RodFan
RodFan

Judge Watson, insufferable? I found him a very nice gentleman.

Lajimmy
Lajimmy

An OC Judge accused of wrongdoing?  Glad i'm sitting down....only thing more common is an OC cop being accused of wrongdoing....... 

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

Shouldn't that read quid pro blow?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Quick Someone Call Lou Correa!

Yimmy
Yimmy

Who is going to be the first to call out that the Emperor has no clothes??

oc_0bserver
oc_0bserver

Has Susan Schroeder ever refused to comment on an ongoing investigation? Normally she gleefully and maliciously spreads lies and misinformation to infect public opinion. Interesting that she's silent when it comes to one of her buddies.

Tiffany Dobucki
Tiffany Dobucki

Why does anyone act shocked when a man in a position of power and wealth has an affair? ANY man in that position would do so. Its in their DNA to conquer and fuck as much as possible. And obviously money puts him in the position where he has more women available to him. (thanks to gold digging tramps) Ie Kobe, tiger, Clinton, etc. the list goes on and on.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

How long will we tolerate the shenanigans in the OC Court system?

Mike Harmanos
Mike Harmanos

I thought the AG didn't give a shit about local government...

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

The ones judging criminals are just as bad as the criminals themselves

Esteban Silva
Esteban Silva

great, now he's gonna screw US in traffic court.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

corrupt people are everywhere, and those who hide them are just as corrupt; both professionally and morally.

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

@2aggie That's what we love about the weekly. They have huge cojones! And aren't afraid to use them!!

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