Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry now faces nine charges from state investigators related to favoritism, sexual advances and consuming alcohol in the courthouse. The judge denies the charges, according to her response filed with Kentucky’s Judicial Conduct Commission.

The response was filed Monday but wasn’t released until late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Wednesday The Enquirer reported the judge was at the center of an investigation by the commission, the only entity in the state that can punish a sitting judge. Later in the day, the commission disclosed everything that it investigated – and that the judge now faces charges.

The commission’s formal proceeding began Nov. 18, according to the Notice of Formal Proceedings and Charges released Wednesday.

“What serving as Family Court Judge for Kenton County – in particular, since being elected to that position in November 2018 – you have engaged in a pattern of conduct that constitutes misconduct in offices and violates the Code of Judicial Conduct,” the document read. The specific charges are:

Coercion to participate in judicial campaign.
Retaliation for failure to support judicial campaign.
Facilities and timesheet falsification.
Retaliation against school employees.
Ex Part Communication with GAL panel members.
Harassment and Retaliation Against Katherine Schulz
Inappropriate hiring and relationship with Mr. Penrose.
Hiring and appointing court staff not based on merit.
Failure to be candid and honest with the commission.
Now that charges have been filed, the judge will face a disciplinary hearing, likely to be held somewhere in Northern Kentucky, within the next two or three months. No date has been set for the hearing.

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