Judicial Conduct Board files charges against former York County MDJ

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YORK, Pa. — A judicial conduct board announced official charges filed against former Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Joy. The complaint filed by the board allege violations of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Joy was charged with numerous offenses in August of 2015, including, Official Oppression, Indecent Assault, Harassment and Bribery. Joy is accused of indecently assaulting a woman who appeared in his courtroom.
According to a criminal complaint, a woman who appeared as a victim/witness in Joy’s courtroom told state police that Joy visited her apartment twice earlier this year. During the second encounter, Joy allegedly groped the woman’s backside and breast and also licked her breast without her consent, the woman reported, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman reported the alleged contact to state police the same day that it allegedly occurred, the criminal complaint states.
The woman also reported that Joy made his first visit to her apartment to investigate an alleged child abuse incident involving another person. Joy in a subsequent phone call to the woman allegedly asked her if she needed money and offered to buy a painting from her. That was the purpose of his second visit to see the woman, she told state police, according to the criminal complaint.
The state police investigation also revealed that Joy in January allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to a different woman while she was in his courtroom.
Further investigation also showed that Joy allegedly made multiple visits to the home of a third woman who appeared in his courtroom.
Joy pleaded no contest to charges of official oppression and was sentenced to 200 hours community service, ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and to pay for the cost of prosecution. Additionally, Joy was ordered to tender his resignation and not to seek an office of law enforcement in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the rest of his life.
Joy will now appear before the Court of Judicial Discipline.

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