MA Judge Suspended For Sexual Courthouse Affair With Social Worker

Boston, MA - 4/24/18 - Judge Thomas Estes (cq) listens as his attorney addresses the court.In the case of Estes, arguments are made in front of the full court (cq) (5 justices) of the Supreme Judicial Court (cq), in the John Adams Courthouse (cq). Arguing for the the Committee on Judicial Conduct (cq) is attorney Howard Neff (cq). For Estes is David Hoose (cq). Also in court is former court worker Tammy Cagle (cq), with whom Estes admits to having an affair. He attorney is Leonard Kesten (cq).Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffTopic: 25estesReporter: Maria Cramer
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has indefinitely suspended a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.

The Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday that Judge Thomas Estes is suspended without pay effective June 15.

The court says the Commission on Judicial Conduct can share documents in the case with the Legislature, which can decide whether to remove him from the bench.

Estes’ lawyer says they’re disappointed in the decision and Estes is weighing his options.

Tammy Cagle has accused Estes of pressuring her into performing oral sex on him in his chambers and her home.

Estes says their relationship was consensual and denies harassing her.

The high court said the judge’s positive evaluations “cannot repair the damage to the judicial system” caused by his wrongdoing.

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