BigStory- A state disciplinary panel filed civil administrative charges against an Arkansas judge Tuesday, alleging he carried on inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission lodged the charges against 69-year-old Cross County District Court Judge Joe Boeckmann. If the charges are substantiated, the commission could recommend that the Arkansas Supreme Court remove him from his part-time judicial position in Wynne.
David Sachar, executive director of the commission, said the original complaint lodged against the judge was filed by an investigator at the Department of Human Services' Adult Protective Services division. That complaint alleges the judge inappropriately handled at least one case involving the sister of a man with whom the judge had a long-term intimate relationship.
Several defendants alleged Boeckmann took pictures of their buttocks as they bent over to pick up cans. Another defendant alleged he entered into an agreement to allow Boeckmann to spank him in exchange for reduction in his fines, and another alleged he agreed to pose naked for photos in exchange for cash. At least one defendant alleged he entered into a long-term sexual relationship with the judge that included living at his home and the judge buying him two cars and a boat, according to the complaint.
A tale as old as sexual misconduct itself. A person of authority using that power to satisfy their animalistic needs. Can't we just appreciate the man's work? It's pretty much the most fool proof way of use your status to get what you want out of people. Think about it. Most of the time it's a boss using job security to get what they want from their employees. Sometimes it's a teacher using grades to get what they want from their student (or at least that's how every porn set in a classroom tells it). You know where those people go when they get caught? Yup, that's right. To sit in front of a judge. Just because it doesn't fit my moral code doesn't mean I can't respect a man for going all-in with the ultimate bargaining chip. You really want to prosecute someone that has your freedom in his hands? It's not right for people to extort sexual favors, but some ways of doing it are certainly more effective than others. The most effective way being the person that hands out punishments for the very same extortion. That's not to say that a judge is immune to the law, as this Arkansas man proved, but it is too say that the people leveeing those accusations better be pretty damn sure they hold merit before they do so.
You know why I can't take this seriously? Because if you read closely, every last person that this judge used for sexual gratification was male. This guy was gayer than every single person I called gay in High School. Everyone knows you can't bang the proverbial gavel when the victim is a man.
That's why man rape is funny. That's why there's a 'drop the soap' joke every time someone mentions prison. Gay, straight, or otherwise, if men let themselves get coerced, physically or emotionally, then the only real victim is their pride. I firmly believe that homosexuals are equal, but that doesn't mean they are immune to the same gender roles as heterosexuals. Gender roles that state that sexual harassment is only taken seriously when the person on the receiving end has a vagina. Plus, all things considered, I would rather be a free man that got spanked by a judge than an inmate that got ass raped by a 3-time felon. It's all a matter of perspective.
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