Arkansas Judge Resigns After Thousands of Nude Photos of Defendants Found in His Possession
A judge in Arkansas resigned Monday, several months after being accused of having sexual relationships with defendants who appeared in his court.
The district judge, O. Joe Boeckmann Jr., was charged last November by the state’s judicial ethics committee for allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with defendants in exchange for more lenient sentences, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Documents showed Boeckmann resigned after learning the committee had discovered thousands of photos showing men posing nude at his home as well as in court, Little Rock TV station KARK reported.
Boeckmann allegedly preyed on poor, young men, those afraid of losing their jobs or men involved in custody disputes, the Tribune reported.
He allegedly forced the men to be paddled, engage in sex acts and to have their photograph taken while bending over, according to The New York Times.
“He’s a criminal predator for sure, who has used his judicial office to feed his corrupt desires, said David Sachar, executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. “I don’t know what else what you can possibly say about that except that he’s a sexual predator.”
The committee found evidence that Boeckmann’s behavior spanned over 30 years, back to his time as a deputy prosecutor, the station reported.
No criminal charges had been filed.