BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts Probate and Family Court judge has been charged with misconduct for allegedly groping an administrative office worker, according to court documents.
Formal charges were filed with the Supreme Judicial Court alleging that Judge Paul Sushchyk “pinched or squeezed” the butt of a colleague at a bar after a work conference held at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster in April 2019, the Boston Herald reported.
The woman said Monday during a virtual hearing that she was sitting at the bar with other coworkers when she felt someone sliding their hand under her. The unidentified woman said, “It felt like someone was sliding their hand under me and using their full hand to grab upwards.”
She says when she turned around Sushchyk was standing behind her.
Sushchyk denied the allegations. In a statement filed with the court, he said on that night he was “somewhat unsteady” from hip surgery and a long day at work.
Sushchyk admitted to walking past the woman and steadying himself “in the direction of her chair.” At that moment he said he “came into momentary contact with a portion of her lower body.”
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