He may be known as the "shirtless judge," but there's now concern about Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree's ability to keep his pants on in his court chambers.
Last year, McCree received some notoriety when it came out that he had sent a steamy shirtless cell phone photo of himself to a woman working as a bailiff in his court. The Michigan Supreme Court later reprimanded him for his conduct during that incident.
Now, he's in trouble again -- and this time for something far more serious than a racy photo.
McCree has admitted to engaging in sex in his chambers with Geniene La'Shay Mott, a woman whose child-support case he was overseeing and who claimed last year that she was pregnant with the judge's child.
Answering a complaint against him by the Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC), McCree wrote that he made "the unfortunate decision to engage in a sexual relationship with Ms. Mott and also admits that on a few occasions, the relationship took place in his chambers," WXYZ-TV reports, citing court records.
In his response to the court, McCree also makes the claim that their romantic engagements did not affect his judicial judgement in her child support case.
The JTC's complaint against him alleges that he also sent text messages to Mott containing "derogatory references to defendants, litigants, or witnesses" and made a stalking/extortion complaint about her to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office that contained false information.
He stands accused of 21 counts of judicial misconduct.
The Detroit News reports that he is currently on suspension without pay and could face further suspension, censure or removal from office, if found guilty.