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A Cross County judge is accused of soliciting sex from offenders in his court in exchange for sentence reductions, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said.

District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann will have 30 days to respond to charges filed by the commission, which were released Tuesday. He is also entitled to a hearing in front of the commission to determine whether he violated rules of judicial conduct.

The commission could "admonish, reprimand or censure" the judge, David Sachar, executive director of the commission, said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

He added that the commission does not have the authority to suspend Boeckmann, adding that "it is not out of the realm of possibility" that the commission would go through the Arkansas Supreme Court to seek removal of the judge from the bench.

Boeckmann, a district judge since 2009, used his role as judge to seek "out young Caucasian male litigants," for the purpose of sexual relationships, the commission stated in its allegations.

"My staff has gone through thousands of pages of documents, court records, checks, and that will be part of the case," Sachar said, adding "there are still some determinations to be made."

The report says Boeckmann at times told offenders to perform "substituionary sentences" and asked them to "contact him to present their 'trash pick up' requirements at either his office or his home."

When litigants arrived to complete the required trash pickup, Boeckmann would take pictures of their buttocks as they bent over to work, the commission alleges.

"Upon the litigant presenting himself to Boeckmann's home or office, he then solicited sexual relations with these young men in exchange for reductions of or dismissals of their court fines and costs," Emily White, deputy executive director of the commission, wrote in the allegations report.

The commission also says in its allegations that Boeckmann's personal computers will be searched to follow up on witness reports that they contained child pornography.

The Arkansas Department of Human Service's Division of Aging and Adult Services turned the investigation over to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, Sachar said.

He said the Cyber Crimes Unit within the Arkansas attorney general's office also provided assistance in the investigation.

Boeckmann didn't immediately return a message left at his office Tuesday afternoon.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


Statement of allegations against Boeckmann


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Archived Comments

  • Alexander1975
    November 17, 2015 at 2:48 p.m.

    Sex for dismissal or "lowering" a sentence. He is no better than the guy he is giving the sentencing too!!!!

  • dunk7474
    November 17, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.

    If this bozo doesn't get at least 25 years than the justice system compared to other sex crimes" BLOWS "

  • Kharma
    November 17, 2015 at 2:58 p.m.

    For cying out loud! A case of quid pro quo? Blind justice? Brown chicken brown cow?

  • Popsmith
    November 17, 2015 at 3:14 p.m.

    How do these people get to be judges? What is wrong with our system?

  • Skeptic1
    November 17, 2015 at 3:22 p.m.

    Tip of the iceberg folks, when you elected judges this is what you get, the best money can buy. Instead of rubber stamping a judge's name on a ballot voters need to research them and their rulings and whether there have been complaints filed. Most important, FOLLOW THE MONEY.

  • Happy1234
    November 17, 2015 at 3:32 p.m.

    For some reason we see politians, police, and judges as better than us.
    Now I know some people wouldn't agree with that. Considering that we allow politicians and judges to run our lives and allow police to tell us what to do and we give our children to state paid teachers to shape their minds why we must think they are better than us.
    At any rate the truth is they are humans and as such are capable of falling to the temptation of power abuse and they definitely make as many mistakes of judgement as we all do.
    The judge severely broke the law and as a man should be severely punished.
    He should not be punished as a judge.
    The judge that left the baby in the car to die here in Arkansas last July wasn't even arrested at the scene.
    The police must think the judge is better than us. He should be treated as a man not a judge.
    The police on scene should be punished for deriliction of duty.

  • MaxCady
    November 17, 2015 at 7:14 p.m.

    Not hard to believe since all judges are lawyers.

  • Kharma
    November 18, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

    @ emax - and that means what?

  • Packman
    November 18, 2015 at 9:46 a.m.

    An attorney, homosexual, and a pedophile. This guy must be a Democrat.

  • PopMom
    November 18, 2015 at 10:24 a.m.


    You mean just like Rep. Mark Foley, Rep. Phillip Hinkle, and Sen. Larry Craig? Ooops. Those were all Republicans.