Pa. judge charged with having sex with girlfriend of defendant

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 2, 2016 11:12 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A northeastern Pennsylvania magistrate is facing accusations that he traded racy text messages and had sex with the girlfriend of a defendant in his drug and alcohol treatment court.

The state's Judicial Conduct Board has filed administrative charges against District Judge Michael Shaw of Sayre, Bradford County. 

Shaw was removed as presiding judge of Bradford County's treatment court after his relationship with the woman came to light in 2014. 

The complaint alleges Shaw also communicated outside of court with defendants and their relatives, allowing his social relationships to influence him.  

If convicted in the Court of Judicial Discipline, Shaw could be censured, suspended, fined or removed from office.  

Shaw has been in office for more than two decades.

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