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Germantown Man Convicted of Soliciting Sex With a Minor

A Montgomery County Circuit Court convicted a former Montgomery County Court commissioner from Germantown for soliciting sex with a minor.

On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell convicted Daniel Read, 30, of the 12400 block of Hickory Tree Way in Germantown with soliciting sex with a minor.

Read was arrested on Dec. 3, 2015 after detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Unit conducted an undercover sting operation that began in late October. A detective with the Vice and Intelligence unit created an undercover profile on the Grindr social media network posing as a 17-year-old, male high school student. An individual, later identified as Read and using the screen name of “Dan”, contacted the detective and exchanged messages with whom Read thought was a juvenile.

The detective exchanged several messages with Read and advised him that the juvenile in the undercover profile was actually 15 years old. Read continued to send messages to the undercover profile and expressed his desire to have sex with, what Read now believed to be, a 15-year-old boy. Read arranged for a meeting at a McDonalds restaurant in Germantown.

On Dec. 3 at approximately 7:30 am, Read arrived at the McDonalds located in Germantown Center at 12982 Middlebrook Road for the meeting. Detectives met Read in the parking lot of the McDonalds and arrested him.

Read is scheduled to be sentenced on August 15, 2016. He faces up to 10 years in prison. It will be up to the judge whether she places him on the state’s sex offender registry.

Photo courtesy MCPD.