Private Reprimand of a Former County Judge. (09/23/13).
The judge failed to treat an employee in a patient, dignified and courteous manner when he touched her and/or made comments to her that he knew, or should have known, she would find offensive. While the judge may not have had the intent to offend and/or may not have initially realized that his conduct was offensive, his failure to curtail his actions after being notified that his conduct made the employee feel uncomfortable led to negative media attention that centered on the fact that he ultimately entered a plea of nolo contendere to criminal charges that were filed against him. [Violation of Canon 3B(4) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct and Article V, §1-a(6)A of the Texas Constitution.] Private Reprimand of a Former County Judge. (09/23/13).