Ex-Arkansas Judge Indicted On Federal Fraud, Bribery Charges

Oct 17, 2016

Judge Joseph Boeckmann

A former Arkansas judge accused of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts has been indicted on federal fraud and bribery charges.

The indictment against former Cross County District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann was unsealed Monday. He's facing several charges, including wire fraud and witness tampering.

Boeckmann resigned in May after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with men accused of crimes dating back decades, to his time as a prosecutor.

That investigation was conducted by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. The agency says Boeckmann had more than 4,600 photos of nude or semi-nude men in various positions.