It hasn’t been a good summer for Pennsylvania’s public servants. Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, has been indicted, charged with multiple offenses including obstruction of justice and official oppression. That hasn’t stopped her from indicting a district magistrate for official oppression and other charges. District Judge Jeffrey Scott Joy of New Freedom, Pennsylvania also faces charges that he sexually harassed, indecently assaulted and licked a woman who had appeared in his courtroom. Yes, licked.
According to Kane, the woman who appeared as a victim/witness in Joy’s courtroom told state police that Joy visited her apartment twice earlier this year. During the second encounter, Joy allegedly groped the woman’s backside and breast and licked her breast without her consent.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman told investigators that she had appeared before Joy when her boyfriend faced minor criminal charges and informed Joy that she could hear child abuse through her apartment door. The woman, who has tattoos and is an artist, told investigators that Joy showed up at her apartment to investigate the child abuse claim, commented on her body and asked if she worked out. She said he then left and said she could call if she needed anything. She claims he later called and inquired whether she had any art to sell. She said she agreed to sell a painting. When he showed up, he allegedly asked if she had any self-portraits showing her tattoos. The woman said she did not, and told investigators that Joy then inquired whether she would dress in stockings for him. Allegedly fearing that Joy could punish her boyfriend if she didn’t comply, she went into her bedroom to dress. She claims that Joy then entered her bedroom, offered her $150 to reveal her tattoos, touched her buttocks and licked her breasts, all without her consent.
Joy reportedly told investigators that the touching was consensual. He has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the case.
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