York County Judge Jeff Joy suspended without pay

Written by Dylan Segelbaum/York Daily Record | Aug 18, 2015 8:05 AM

Jeffrey Joy, a district judge in southern York County, has been charged with indecent assault. (File photo, courtesty of the York Daily Record)

(Undated) -- District Judge Jeff Joy, who was criminally charged more than one week ago following accusations that he groped a woman who appeared in his courtroom, was suspended Monday without pay.

The Court of Judicial Discipline, which has the power to suspend judges charged with a felony with or without pay under Pennsylvania's constitution, entered the order of suspension.

Joy, who could not be reached Monday, was paid $88,290 per year. His office covers parts of southern York County including Jacobus, Loganville, Glen Rock, Shrewsbury, Railroad, New Freedom and Springfield Township.

"It's disappointing, but it's not surprising," said Chris Ferro, the attorney representing Joy. "Judge Joy respects the role the judicial board has to play in these matters, and respects their initial determination."

That move comes four days after the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania filed a petition seeking the suspension.

York County President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh had previously removed Joy from all of his duties until further notice, once the initial charges were filed.

Joy, 50, of New Freedom, was first charged on Aug. 7 with indecent assault, official oppression and harassment after the Pennsylvania State Police said he licked the breasts of a woman who had appeared in his courtroom.

Additional charges -- including bribery -- were filed against him last Wednesday when another woman came forward, alleging Joy offered to get rid of her court fines if she modeled lingerie.


This article comes to us through a partnership between the York Daily Record and WITF.


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