May 11, 2016 at 9:22 am EDT | by Staff reports
Ark. judge resigns amid sex scandal
Joseph Boekmann, gay news, Washington Blade

Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann (Screen capture courtesy Fox 16)

WYNNE, Ark. — An Arkansas judge has resigned after state officials discovered thousands of pictures of naked male defendants on his computer.

NBC News on May 10 reported that Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann submitted his resignation to Arkansas’ Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

The commission told Boeckmann’s lawyer on May 5 that had recovered as many as 4,500 pictures. NBC News reported that many of the men who appear in them received checks from Boeckmann and had appeared before him as defendants in minor criminal cases.

“There are numerous photos of naked young men bending over after an apparent paddling,” reads the letter, according to NBC News. “Please accept this as notice to not destroy [or] otherwise dispose of this paddle.”

One of the men in the pictures said he had a “sexual relationship” with Boeckmann as he paid off fines.

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