LITTLE ROCK — A former Cross County district judge was arrested Monday on fraud, bribery and witness tampering charges.
An indictment that was filed Oct. 4 and unsealed Monday alleges that Joseph Boeckmann, 70, of Wynne dismissed cases on his docket for young men charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses in exchange for opportunities to photograph them nude or while engaging in sexual activity or being paddled by Boeckmann on the bare buttocks.
The indictment also alleged that Boeckmann dismissed some cases in exchange for what he called “community service,” which involved activities such as picking up aluminum cans and litter while Boeckmann photographed the men bending over.
Boeckmann also is accused of seeking to persuade two people to lie to a grand jury that was investigating him.
He is charged with eight counts of wire fraud and honest services wire fraud, one count of bribery involving federal programs, 10 counts of violating the federal Travel Act in connection with a bribery scheme and two counts of witness tampering.
Boeckmann appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock and was detained pending a bond hearing set for Wednesday.
His attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, did not immediately return a call Monday afternoon seeking comment.
The Arkansas Supreme Court’s Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission alleged last year that Boeckmann had violated rules of judicial conduct by giving favorable rulings to young men in exchange for sexual favors and by using abusive language toward people in his courtroom. Boeckmann resigned in May.