LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) An Arkansas judge accused of trading sex with defendants in exchange for reduced sentences is resigning after he was notified by a state commission that sexually explicit photos had been recovered from his computer.
Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann was charged by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in November, accused of having sex with defendants, demanding defendants take sexually explicit photos, among other charges. The Arkansas Supreme Court removed his docket indefinitely, and as of Monday the judge will no longer hold his position.
According to public documents, the judge’s resignation came after being notified by the commission that its investigators had identified defendants in more than a thousand photos depicting young men posing naked inside and outside the judge’s home. The photos also depicted evidence the young men had been paddled and asked the judge to be on notice he was instructed not to destroy the paddle depicted in the photos.
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