NY judge faces removal over '72 child sex incident

Aug 23, 2012

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has concluded that a child sex incident that predated his 27 years as an Onondaga County Family Court judge constitutes misconduct that disqualifies Bryan R. Hedges from ever again being a judge. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The commission is recommending permanent removal of Hedges, who resigned in April after learning he was under investigation for the 1972 incident.

A call to Hedges' lawyer wasn't immediately returned. He can appeal the finding.

According to the commission, the incident occurred when Hedges was 25 and involved his then 5-year-old deaf niece. It became known this year and they gave differing accounts.

Attorney William Easton, the referee who presided at the disciplinary hearing in June, recommended that the misconduct charge against Hedges be sustained.

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