No. C063198.

204 Cal.App.4th 100 (2012)

138 Cal. Rptr. 3d 499

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. JOSEPH ROBERT HORVATH, Defendant and Appellant.

Court of Appeals of California, Third District.

March 8, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mark David Greenberg , under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.

Kamala D. Harris , Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette , Chief Assistant Attorney General, Michael P. Farrell , Assistant Attorney General, David A. Rhodes and Robert C. Nash , Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



The facts of this case are horrendous. For six years, defendant and his wife tortured, beat, and maimed L., who was the great-niece and adopted daughter of defendant's wife. The rationale for these acts was twisted. The great-aunt thought defendant had molested L., and she would beat L. until the girl falsely admitted he had molested her. At that point, defendant would take over the abuse. The years of abuse ended when...

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