UPDATE: Former Arkansas Judge Denied Bond


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In a hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered that Joseph Boeckmann be detained, denying him bond.

The judge did give a possibility of future bond if Boeckmann’s defense attorney can find somewhere else for Boeckmann to live other than Wynne (given the judge’s approval). 

Boeckmann, a former Cross County judge, had resigned from the bench amid a sex scandal earlier this year. He has been indicted on federal charges for perpetrating a fraud and bribery scheme in which he allegedly dismissed cases on his docket in exchange for personal benefits.

A 21-count indictment returned Oct. 4 was unsealed today. It accuses Joseph Boeckmann, 70, of Wynne, of wire fraud, bribery, violation of the federal travel act and witness tampering. Boeckmann was arrested today and made his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in Little Rock where he pleaded not guilty. He was detained pending a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 2..

Boeckmann had served with the Cross County District Court and was suspended with pay in Nov. 2015 after being charged with ethics violations. He then resigned in May 2016.

As alleged in the indictment, from 2010 to 2015, Boeckmann served as a district judge for the First Judicial District of Arkansas. In his capacity as a district judge, Boeckmann dismissed traffic citations and misdemeanor criminal charges for young men in exchange for acts that he claimed were “community service,” but which actually benefited Boeckmann himself.

The indictment alleges that on some occasions, Boeckmann used his access to these individuals during their purported “community service” in order to take photographs of the men in compromising positions. On other occasions, he allegedly dismissed cases in exchange for photographing the men while they were naked, among other things.

If convicted, some of those charges could carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Click here to read the indictment for complete details.

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