Judge suspended over inappropriate touching resigns

A Massachusetts judge suspended after the state’s highest court found that he groped a court employee during a conference in 2019 and then lied about his conduct has resigned.

Associate Probate and Family Court Judge Paul M. Sushchyk tendered his resignation in a one-sentence letter to Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.

The Supreme Judicial Court in a ruling last week that upheld a decision by the Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended Sushchyk “for a reasonable time to permit the executive and legislative branches to consider, if they wish, whether he should retain his judicial office.”

The SJC said Sushchyk’s “intentional wrongdoing — both the unwanted touching of the complainant and the lying that followed — violated the canons of judicial conduct.”


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