Complaint brought against porn-surfing Will County Judge

This is an update to my previous post about Will County Judge Joseph Polito, who is alleged to have been surfing the web for porn using a court computer.  Now the Judicial Inquiry Board has filed a complaint against him, which could lead to Judge Polito being removed from the bench.

The Sun-Times reports:

A state investigation is alleging that a Will County judge watched porn on the computer in his court chambers before and after court calls, bringing “disrepute” to the judicial office.

The investigation by the Illinois Judicial Inquiry board into Judge Joseph C. Polito, 69, was spurred by a Sun-Times story detailing information obtained about the Internet history of Polito’s computer through a Freedom of Information Act.

The complaint, filed Friday, will be reviewed by the Illinois Courts Commission, which will hold hearings and allow Polito the opportunity to defend himself before deciding on any disciplinary action, which could include termination.

The complaint alleges Polito’s attempts to watch porn were often stymied by a safeguard preventing access to pornographic websites, but Polito continued searching porn websites until finding ones that were not blocked.

The illicit web sites included many focusing on certain anatomy, age ranges and body types.

When confronted about the trail of porn stemming form his computer, Polito voluntarily sought treatment for his behavior, according to the complaint.

Following the initial Sun-Times report in April, Polito was reassigned from divorce court, where “court calls that by their nature are adversarial and where the issue of gender is often central,” Will County Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt said at the time.

“Given the content of the article, it just seemed to make sense” to move Polito to the county’s branch courts, where he will instead hear misdemeanor, building code enforcement and mental health cases, Schoenstedt said at the time.

Polito could not be reached for comment Friday. He refused to talk with a Sun-Times reporter earlier this year.

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