Arkansas Judge Denies Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arkansas judge denies sexual misconduct, including spanking allegation.

An Arkansas judge suspended over accusations made by a state commission that he exchanged judicial leniency for sexual favors, and spanking at least one defendant, on Wednesday submitted court papers where he denied the allegations.

Joseph Boeckmann, a part-time judge in a largely rural district in eastern Arkansas, was accused in November of using his office “to form personal and sexual relationships with certain litigants,” sometimes in exchange for reduced sentences and fines. He is also suspected of spanking a defendant, both for his sexual pleasure and for punishment, a report from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said. In his response, Boeckmann said in the papers that he “denies the allegations of improper demeanor, appearance of impropriety or violations of the criminal law” including spanking a male litigant.

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