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Judge suggests man should be fined $1 for each time he groped a woman

By WITW Staff on May 9, 2017

A Pennsylvania’s district attorney’s office plans to report a judge who suggested that a defendant receive a $1 fine for each time he touched his victim inappropriately.

According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Common Pleas Senior Judge Lester G. Nauhaus was presiding over summary appeals when the 18-year-old defendant appeared in court to challenge a $300 fine he had received for a sexual harassment conviction. The defendant, whose name is being withheld because he was a juvenile at the time of the offense, was not able to pay the fine.

Nauhaus said that he would give the man a 90-day postponement, community service, and a $3 fine. He then stopped to ask the victim how many times she had been touched inappropriately.

“I’m going to say about six times, maybe,” the victim replied, according to The Post-Gazette.

“A $6 fine,” the judge said in return.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Tisak then interrupted the proceeding to say it was “highly inappropriate to tell a young girl that inappropriate touching is worth a dollar a time.” When Tisak wavered on suggesting a total sum that he would like to impose on the defendant, Nauhaus reduced the fine to zero dollars.

Speaking to The Post-Gazette after the hearing, Nauhaus said he was simply frustrated that the prosecution had not come before him with a suggestion for the penalty. “I didn’t mean to mock,” he said. “I didn’t mean to denigrate. I just wanted somebody to give me an answer. That’s their job.”

But this is not the first time that Nauhaus’ actions on the bench have been called into question. After a state Supreme Court justice was convicted in a corruption case, Nauhaus made her pose for a photo in handcuffs. He also told her to send the photo and a handwritten apology to every judge in the state.

Read more at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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