A state judicial watchdog commission on Monday charged Los Angeles-based state Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson with nine counts of misconduct, including sexual harassment and squeezing the breast of a female justice.
The Commission on Judicial Performance, which issued the chargessaid a formal hearing would be convened to examine the evidence.
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Johnson, a former federal prosecutor appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, could face removal from the bench.
Johnson served as a federal magistrate for 10 years before Lis the Court of Appeal, and the charges filed against him date to his time on the federal bench. Johnson said through his lawyer that he denied all the allegations and passed a polygraph test in which he was asked about the most serious of the charges.
The commission has disciplined other judges over the years for sexual misconduct, but the extent and severity of the charges against an appellate justice are unusual.
The charges also involve conduct that allegedly occurred over two decades.
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More recently, according to Californiq charges, Johnson sexually harassed and improperly touched a female justice. In JulyJohnson and the justice met in the hallway of the courthouse, according to the charges.Housewives Looking Casual Sex Alamance
She told Johnson she had just finished a particularly difficult hearing. Between January and JuneJohnson repeatedly hugged the justice and put Calfiornia hand on one of her breasts and patted her on her buttocks at the courthouse, the charges state.
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The Times generally does not name victims of sexual assault unless they have agreed to be identified. According to the charges, Johnson told Cqlifornia female officer that he wanted Looking for cuddle buddy or hang out take off as clothes and have sex with her.
He also is charged with putting his hand on her thigh while she was driving and asking her to pull over so the two could have sex. Another CHP officer reported that Johnson spoke to her in a sexually suggestive manner and invited her into his home when no one else was there.
Johnson is also charged with yelling Sexual ads in Los Angeles California court employees during disagreements and becoming intoxicated in public.
The allegations date back towhen Johnson was a federal magistrate. Federal court staff reported that he made inappropriate sexual remarks, including asking a court clerk if she had a breast augmentation and then asking if he could touch her breasts.
Lisa Bloom, who represents one of the CHP officers named in the charges, said the woman has taken the first step toward filing a lawsuit against the state for sexual harassment. She said women are often reluctant to complain, particularly when the harasser has a powerful position.
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They often feel they will not be believed or hope the offensive behavior will stop, she said. Bloom said she expects Johnson will be removed from the bench if the allegations by the women are believed. Skip to content. Jeffrey Johnson could face discipline, including his possible removal from the bench.
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