WYNNE, Ark. –- A man who appeared before Judge Joseph Boeckmann said the judge sent him an inappropriate letter while he was held in the Cross County Jail last year.
The man, who didn’t want to be identified, said he pulled over in the middle of the night and was arrested for an outstanding warrant because he didn’t pay a speeding ticket.
“I think he checks all the guys mugs in there. I don’t know if it’s sent to his computer or if he comes up there at night but he knew who he was talking about,” the man told us.
He said a guard came by in the night with a note from the judge asking to “spend time with him.”
He took the note as sexual in nature and gave it back to the guard, refusing to meet him.
In the court room the next day he said Boeckmann was angry.
“’I’m going to charge you 500 and an extra night in jail, and you go back there and tell your buddies how I feel about it,” he recalled the judge as saying.
He’s not the only one who said word spread through the Cross County Jail that men came to the judge’s home to “work off” their sentences.
According to the report filed by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, Judge Boeckmann used his influence over male litigants for his “personal and sexual desires.”
“From what I was told there’s a lot of people who did it,” said one woman who’s appeared in the judge’s court.
The man WREG talked to by phone said he chose to do the time rather than the “deal.”
He said he kept quiet like so many others, because of the judge’s power.