Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline concluded Wednesday that Willie Singletary, a traffic court judge, brought his judicial office in to disrepute when he showed photos of his “judicial genitals” to a government contractor earlier this year, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Singletary was accused of displaying two smartphone photos of his erect penis on February 19 to a 22-year-old traffic court cashier, who has been identified merely as “F.” The 31-year-old judge contends that he had forgotten about the lewd photos that were on his phone and had unintentionally displayed them to the woman. Singletary, who is also an ordained minister, insists that he also shared with the cashier photos of his family members and church.
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The Court of Judicial Discipline, however, is not buying Singletary’s story. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, they believe that “taking photographs of one’s erect penis is a ‘memorable event.’ We also mention that they weren’t stored in [Singletary's] phone for nothing – they were stored in his photo for re-viewing. What else? A judge who intentionally grooms his penis for photography, and then intentionally photographs his penis for the purpose of display to others, had better remember that the photographs are in his phone lest they ‘slip out’ at some inopportune . . . time under circumstances which are likely to offend another person,” the court added.
On the night in question, Singletary was serving as a night judge. Afterward, he reportedly entered the cashier station, sans his black robe, and struck up a conversation with “F.” There were three security cameras recording the turn of events but no audio. Singletary and “F” are viewed scrolling through photos on each other’s phones, and between a photo of him with a female friend and another of his face were reportedly the two penis photos.
Judicial system investigators began delving in to Singletary’s case after the matter was publicized and he resigned from his judicial duties after being suspended.
The five-member court will await to hear Singletary’s response to the allegations and have, thus far, elected not to impose a penalty such as disbarment. Singletary’s lawyer, John Summers, says he would be submitting objections to the opinions. He also stated that the court members failed to show “clear and convincing evidence” his client intentionally meant to show the young woman the explicit photos.
Singletary has run afoul of disciplinary authorities before in the not-too-distant past. Three years ago, he was reprimanded for suggesting at a biker rally that those who donated to his judicial campaign would receive favorable treatment from him once he was elected. Prior to his election, the good judge also managed to accumulate a whopping $11,500 in traffic tickets ,which resulted in his driver’s license being suspended until last year when he satisfied his debt.