Arkansas Judge Busted For Giving Lighter Sentences to Men in Exchange For Nude Photos and Sexual Favors

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A former Arkansas judge stands accused of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual favors. He has also tried to bribe witnesses, and had an accomplice threaten to make one of them “disappear,” according to federal prosecutors.

70-year-old Joseph Boeckmann was taken into custody Monday.

Dozens of men have accused him of sexual abuse and misconduct going as far back as decades, including his time as a prosecutor. Some men say he gave them money in exchange for spanking them with a paddle and taking photos of the red skin. Others say they posed nude in exchange for money to pay off court fines.

The disgraced judge, who resigned in May after an investigation by a state judiciary board, is alleged to have had over 4,600 photos of nude and semi-nude men.

An investigation by The Associated Press into court and law enforcement records in June showed that of the 254 men he sentenced to community service over a seven-year period, just 13 of the cases showed completion of the sentences.

He’s been charged with eight counts of wire fraud, two counts of witness tampering, one count of federal program bribery, and 10 counts of violating the federal Travel Act.

The wire fraud and witness tampering counts each carry a maximum sentence if convicted of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The bribery charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, while the other 10 counts carry a maximum of 5 years in prison.

 

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