Judge Allegedly Used Courtroom Computer To Access Porn

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board has filed a complaint against a Will County Judge who allegedly surfed the internet before and after hearing court cases looking for pornography.

The board alleges that Judge Joseph C. Polito “frequently” used his courthouse computer to access pornography, validating the Code of Judicial Conduct and bringing disrepute to his office.

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Disciplinary action could be termination. The 69-year-old judge will first get a hearing and an opportunity to defend himself.

The Sun-Times fought for the release of computer log-in records which show attempts to visit websites the county software is intended to block. Polito has been transferred from divorce court to a courtroom that hears building code and mental health cases.

The paper found the judge’s log-in was used 243 times in six months to attempt to access various porn websites.

Polito reportedly voluntarily caught treatment for his alleged behavior.

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