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O.C. Judge Accused of Trading Job for Sex

SANTA ANA (KTLA) — A married Orange County judge is reportedly being reassigned amid allegations that he landed a woman a job in exchange for sex.

Scott Steiner is under investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Attorney General.

He allegedly had a sexual affair with a woman in exchange for getting her a job at his former place of employment, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

He has been an adjunct law professor at Chapman University since 2008.

The O.C. DA’s office says they were contacted by university officials last week, asking to interview some of their personnel.

But when they found out what the inquiry was about, they realized it was a conflict of interest and turned it over to the Attorney General.

Chapman University is not saying if Steiner is still teaching there, claiming it is a confidential personnel matter.

Steiner is not commenting either, and he has hired a high-priced defense attorney from Costa Mesa.

His neighbors in Orange said they were surprised to hear that Steiner, who is married and has kids, is under investigation.

“I  know he has two daughters, and he seems to be a nice guy,” one neighbor said. “Ya sure, this kind of thing happens… It’s unfortunate,” he added.