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The Alaska Court System entry under his name shows other related events. On May 6th, Horton was charged with misdemeanor assault and family violence, but the charges were dismissed by the prosecution on July 23rd. On May 7th, the plaintiff, identified as Sharon S. Collins, petitioned for a civil protective order, but on May 17th, the petitioner failed to appear, so the order was not granted. Her failure to appear could be for a number of reasons; either misguided compassion (wanting to give the guy another chance), intimidation, or perhaps she was out of town when the hearing came up on the calendar.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, when asked why she was with him, Collins said "I knew all the bad things about him, but I don't know. I need to ask myself that question. He is a bad guy. When he got out, I thought I knew him, but I didn't know him. I won't make that mistake again. That mistake almost cost me my life." Before Horton moved to Alaska, he was convicted of sexual battery in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA in 1996. He was registered as a tier 1 sex offender in Alaska.
Before adversely judging the victim for not appearing at her civil protection order hearing, it might be useful to read this analysis published by The Adventurous Writer. The conflicting swirl of emotions makes it complicated.