An Arkansas judge resigns in disgrace this week as investigators discover 4,500 nude photos of defendants on the judge’s computer. Judge Joe Boeckmann resigned Monday after a judicial commission presented new allegations against the part-time Cross County district judge, including at least one case of the judge being accused of exchanging judicial favors for nude photos or sexual contact with defendants in his court.
The shocking revelations caused the Arkansas judge to resign after investigators brought their findings to the state judicial commission, which in turn presented the allegations to Judge Joe Boeckmann. The full list of allegations against the disgraced Arkansas judge is shocking, to say the least.
“He’s a criminal predator who used his judicial power to feed his corrupt desires. Every minute he served as a judge was an insult to the Arkansas Judiciary,” said David Sachar of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
Sachar headed up a team of investigators, CBS News reports, looking into allegations against the disgraced Arkansas judge. According to reports, the judge allegedly forced defendants to strip naked for him, allow themselves to be photographed, and, in some cases, were posed with props – handcuffs, paddles, even once in a courtroom. The judge allegedly photographed and paddled at least one naked defendant in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Photos of Judge Joe Boeckmann’s alleged impropriety were discovered on his computer last week when investigators took a look into Boeckmann’s electronic files. The photos, around 4,500 of them, allegedly depict young men, some of them in the disgraced judge’s home, in various indecent poses.
“They all depict young men, many naked who are in various poses inside the judge’s home and outside in his yard. There are numerous photos of naked young men bending over after an apparent paddling,” reads a letter from Sachar’s commission to Judge Boeckmann’s lawyer.
The letter from Sachar to Boeckmann’s lawyer also advises the disgraced judge not to dispose of the paddle used in the nude photo shoots, as it should be considered evidence. Sachar passed on the results of his investigation of the disgraced Arkansas judge to the Arkansas state police, but as of this reporting, Boeckmann has not been criminally charged.
Judge Boeckmann resigns after allegations of his sexual impropriety have increased over the last year since the first allegations surfaced and more alleged victims have come forward. Sachar insists that Judge Boeckmann is a predator and that he has used his 30 years in the Arkansas district court in order to prey on young men in exchange for lighter sentences.
In at least one instance, Judge Boeckmann allegedly forced a defendant to strip naked in an empty courtroom, wear handcuffs, and bend over while the judge took close-up photos. After the judge snapped his pictures, he allegedly remarked, “Case dismissed.”
The Arkansas judge resigns after allegedly using his judicial authority to set up bogus “community service” for defendants in his court, which would often lead to young men meeting the judge at his home or other locations where the judge would make sexually charged requests of the young men, many of whom faced losing their jobs or children if they were convicted.
The judge would allegedly slip his phone number to young men in his court, and in at least one case, he requested that a DUI defendant bring aluminum cans to the Judge’s home as his community service. Once the man brought the cans, the judge allegedly offered him a drink and requested that the young man bend over in front of the judge, instructing him on how to pose and spread his legs further apart, reports NBC News.
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