A 24-year-old Laguna Beach man has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison after pleading guilty to stalking an Orange County Superior Court judge, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
Daniel Joseph Gidanian pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to one felony count of stalking and one misdemeanor count of annoying and making harassing telephone calls to Judge Derek Johnson. Gidanian was accused of going to the judge’s home on two occasions and confronting him, in addition to other activities, according to the district attorney.
Gidanian had originally appeared before Johnson at the Harbor Justice Center on Sept. 15, 2008, to request that an arrest record related to a restraining order violation be expunged. When the matter was continued into the afternoon, Gidanian allegedly became argumentative and was directed by Johnson to return the following day. The next day, Gidanian requested that Johnson transfer his case to another court, which the judge did.