Former judge pleads guilty to sexual assault of Asheville teenage boy, sentenced to prison

Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven
Asheville Citizen Times
Catawba County lawyer Daniel Ray Green, now 67, appeared in court August 5, 2019 following his arrest on the child sexual assault charges. He pleaded guilty in 2021 and will serve 2 years in prison.

Former District and Superior Court judge Daniel Ray Green, 67, was disbarred and is headed to prison for the next two years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at an Asheville hotel in 2019.

Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Grant sentenced Green to prison time, sexual offender treatment and supervised probation after Green pleaded guilty to numerous child sex offenses in Buncombe County: indecent liberties with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing wine/liquor/malt beverage to a person under 21 and disseminating obscene material to a minor.  

“The outcome of this case demonstrates that Judge Daniel Ray Green was not protected by his privilege. He is being held accountable for his acts thanks foremost to the courage of the survivor in disclosing these traumatic crimes,” Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said in a statement.

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Green can no longer practice law in North Carolina. In 2026, he can petition to have his license reinstated, but he must prove to the Disciplinary Hearing Commission and the N.C. State Bar’s attorney that he has “complied with” a handful of state bar rules and regulations, according to the court order. 

Neither Green nor his attorney, Lisa Dubs, responded to requests for comment. 

An investigation by Asheville police found that on March 30, 2019, Green met a 14-year-old boy at the Baymont Inn, a hotel on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville. The teenager and Green knew each other before the assault, according to police.  

At the hotel, Green gave the teenage boy alcohol and showed him pornography. Green tried to get the teenager to perform oral sex on him, but the boy refused.  

“Green then positioned the victim on the bed and rubbed his penis on the body of the victim until he ejaculated on him. DNA recovered from the crime scene was tested and confirmed the presence of Green’s DNA,” according to a statement sent by Williams.  

The boy escaped from Green after the assault. He told the former judge he needed to leave the room to get ice. Outside the room, he texted a friend and his mom, who then called the police.  

Green was arrested and booked into the Buncombe County jail the next day. He posted bail, which was set at $75,000, and was released from custody. The court ordered him to have no contact with the victim.  

Before the allegations, Green was an active member of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Hickory. He was an "acolyte master," a person who assists during the service,and a member of the choir. He also hosted foreign exchange students for nearly 30 years, according to previous reporting by the Citizen Times.  

In 2018, the North Carolina Bar Association awarded him the Citizen Lawyer award in recognition for his volunteer service and community leadership. At the time of his arrest, he was operating as a private practice attorney in Hickory. 

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Green’s time as a judge was brief: For seven months in 2002, he was a judge in N.C. Superior Court. From 1984-86, he was a district court judge in the 25th Judicial District, which encompasses Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell counties. 

While in prison, Green will receive sex offender treatment, often a type of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Once Green is released, he will be on supervised probation for three years. During this time, he is required to undergo further evaluation and treatment for sex offenders, and to pay the victim $3,715 in restitution for his medical expenses.

Green is required to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years, until he is 97 years old.  

Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven is the cops and courts reporter at the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at cdonnellyderoven@citizentimes.com, follow her on twitter @plz_CLARify, or send her a text 828-616-0742.