A Pennsylvania state judge fighting ethics charges for viewing lewd images on a personal computer he kept in his chambers told a disciplinary board Tuesday that he’d been "mortified" to learn that three women on his staff had said they'd walked in on him viewing the material.
Judge Michael Muth, who presides over a magisterial district court in Monroe County, has disputed that viewing lascivious images he has admitted to keeping in his office could be considered an ethics violation, but he told the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline that he should not have put his staff in such an uncomfortable situation.
“People who work in your office shouldn’t be subjected to things like that,” he said during a hearing in Harrisburg. “It’s wildly inappropriate.”
The state’s Judicial Conduct Board, which is responsible for pursuing ethics charges against members of the bench, filed a formal complaint against Judge Muth last July over allegations that at least three staffers had walked
in on him viewing pictures of naked or partially naked women on a computer in his office.
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