A Hickory-based attorney was arrested in Asheville Saturday and charged with statutory sex offense with a child.
Daniel Ray Green Jr., 64, of Hickory, was charged with one felony count of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child under 15 and one misdemeanor count each of giving fortified spirits to a person under 21, contributing to delinquency of a juvenile and disseminating obscene material to a minor, according to Asheville Police Department Public Information Officer Christina Hallingse.
Asheville police responded to Baymont Inn on Hendersonville Road in Asheville to a report of a sexual assault of a juvenile on Saturday. Green was arrested and charged on the same day, according to Hallingse.
The juvenile was known to Green, Hallingse said.
According to Green’s website, Green specializes in real estate, housing and commercial law, and he’s a former Catawba County Superior Court judge.
Catawba County Democratic Party Chairman Ric Vandett said Green was the chairman of the county party from 2005 to 2009.
Vandett said he was shocked by the news.
“I’ve known Dan for many years,” Vandett said. “He’s a fine, fine man. I’m just stunned.”
The attorney was named the 2018 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association. He was described as being “deeply devoted” to his church, arts organizations, politics and foreign exchange programs.
Green has volunteered for AFS Intercultural Programs by recruiting host families and hosting foreign exchange students since 1991, according to his website.
In a story by Mary Kristen Kelly on the North Carolina Bar Association’s website, Green said he had 23 exchange sons and eight exchange grandchildren in 2018.
Kelly’s story also said that Green was the president of the Western Piedmont Symphony’s board of directors for three years.
“Dan served on our board for seven years,” said WPS Executive Director Ingrid Keller. “He is no longer on our board or involved in our daily operations. I do know him and my interactions with him have always been professional and pleasant.”