Editor’s Note: The previous headline for this article stated that Daniels was a “Convicted Sex Offender.” However, OperaWire was contacted by Daniels’ legal representation with a message that notes that in the State of Texas, Daniels is not in fact “convicted,” forcing us to change the headline and remove “Convicted.” Here are the laws referred to us:
According to the Harris County Courts FAQ page, “Deferred adjudication is granted without a formal conviction. The offender pleads guilty and gets a “test period.” The conviction is deferred and finally dismissed. Any violation leads to conviction and announcement of the punishment.”
Here is the Texas law: “When a defendant receives deferred adjudication, he “is placed on community supervision without a finding of guilt and without being convicted of any offense.” Ex parte Smith, 296 S.W.3d 78 (Tex.Crim.App. 2009) (quoting George E. Dix & Robert O. Dawson, Texas Practice–Criminal Practice and Procedure § 39.51 (2001)).
The remainder of the article remains unchanged.
David Daniels is set to make a comeback after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting Samuel Schultz.
The countertenor took to social media on August 22, 2023, and said, “Over the last week, I’ve received not one but two singing engagement offers. Both in Europe: shocking right? With approval, I am going to accept. I better start vocalizing when I get home cause I sound like an 90 year old fog horn right now. Details later!! We have our passports back now.”
The post comes weeks after the countertenor and his husband pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony and will face eight years of probation, a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender, and an order that he refrain from contact with Schultz.
The upcoming performances will mark Daniels‘ return to the stage for the first time since 2018 when San Francisco Opera canceled his contract for “Orlando.”