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Magistrate accused of viewing porn faces misconduct charges

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2017 5:50 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania magistrate faces professional misconduct charges over accusations that he viewed pornography in his chambers and used court employees to grade his students' papers.

A complaint Wednesday by the Judicial Conduct Board alleges that three court clerks caught District Judge Michael Muth of East Stroudsburg viewing sexually explicit photos or video on separate occasions.

The complaint also alleges that Muth, an assistant professor at East Stroudsburg University, had court staff grade papers and used office equipment to make copies for his students. The complaint says Muth has acknowledged the conduct.

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

Muth, who has been a Monroe County district judge since 2006, didn't return messages left at his office and home.

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