Friday, May 30, 2003

Ballpark kiss lands parolee back in jail


Fugitive puckered up for Reds' camera

By Andrea Uhde
and Sharon Turco
The Cincinnati Enquirer

David Horton kissed his freedom goodbye. Horton, 24, had a warrant out for his arrest when his parole officer spotted him kissing a woman on the "Kiss Cam" during the May 7 Cincinnati Reds game at the Great American Ball Park.

The Reds had a 2-1 lead, but the parole officer stopped watching and had Horton arrested.

"Talk about bad luck," said Richard Goldberg, Horton's attorney. "It's the last kiss he's going to have for a little while."

The night out at the ballgame capped off a tough couple of years. Horton was convicted in 1999 on a charge of felonious assault, which resulted in a four-year prison sentence.

He was paroled in October 2002 and placed on post-release control - meaning no more trouble for at least a year, Goldberg said.

He made it five months before another arrest, this time on charges of trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Horton posted a $1,000 bond and never returned for his April 8 court date. Nor did he contact his parole officer.

A warrant was issued.

Horton attended the game and was spotlighted on the "Kiss Cam," which shows couples in the stadium kissing during the game.

"He was spending the night out at a ballgame," Goldberg said. "Unfortunately he got busted by a kiss. Where else but Cincinnati?"

Horton spent the rest of the game and the time since in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

He's facing additional jail time for violating his post-release control and up to another 18 years in prison on his recent charges.

Horton is being held on $50,000 bond pending his next court appearance June 9.

E-mail auhde@enquirer.com and sturco@enquirer.com




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