Arkansas judge allegedly exchanged sex, spankings with men in exchange for lighter sentences

Judge Joseph Boeckmann

Judge Joseph Boeckmann

Joseph Boeckmann, an Arkansas judge, has been accused of engaging in sex with young white male offenders in exchange for drastically reduced sentences.

The district judge in Cross County now faces an ethics complaint, which claims he gave preferential treatment to a number of defendants who completed “work” at his residence — which almost always involved performing sexual favors.

According to the ethics complaint, Boeckman made offenders perform “substituionary sentences,” asking them to “contact him to present their ‘trash pick up’ requirements at either his office or his home.”

“My staff has gone through thousands of pages of documents, court records, checks,” said Davis Sachar, executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. “That will be part of the case.”

He mentioned “there are still some determinations to be made.”

Boeckmann also allegedly had child pornography on his computer.

He apparently paid one defendant to let him take nude photographs of him over a five-year period.

Allegedly, he also had sexual relations with a young defendant who shacked up at Boeckmann’s home.

The judge allegedly showered the man with gifts — he bought him cars, the complaint suggests, and even a boat — and he would regularly pay his families’ rent and utility bills.

He’d spank the defendant regularly for sexual pleasure, or “as for punishment to A.A. for his criminal conduct,” the complaint reads. “A.A. received money for this conduct if the spankings were sought for Boeckmann’s pleasure.”

Arkansasonline.com reports that Boeckmann can’t be removed from office, despite the severity of the accusations.

The judge has yet to comment on any of the allegations, and has 30 days to respond to the complaint.

That complaint is published in its entirety here:

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