- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - A report finds a Central Valley judge violated judicial ethics by apparently writing an anonymous letter accusing his court clerk of an affair in an attempt to engage her in a personal relationship.

The report by a three-judge panel was filed Wednesday with the Commission on Judicial Performance, which has the authority to discipline Tulare County Superior Court Judge Valeriano Saucedo.

The panel says evidence shows Saucedo wrote the unsigned, sexually explicit letter accusing his clerk of having an affair with a bailiff. The report concludes he did it to get closer to the clerk, offering to meet with her privately and help her.

The report says he sent the woman 445 text messages over a two-month period.

Saucedo could be removed from office or face a less severe punishment. He did not immediately comment on the report.

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