District judge charged with indecent assault

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – State prosecutors say they’ve filed criminal charges against a York County magisterial district judge accused of indecently assaulting a woman after she appeared in his courtroom.

Jeffrey Scott Joy, 50, of New Freedom, was charged via summons Friday with official oppression, indecent assault and harassment, according to a news release from the state attorney general’s office.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman who appeared as a victim/witness in Joy’s courtroom told state police the judge visited her apartment twice this year. During the second visit, she said Joy groped her.

Joy allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to a different woman while she was in his courtroom, and he made multiple visits to the home of a third woman who appeared in his courtroom, the complaint states.

Authorities said the charges stemmed from a four-month investigation.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 28.

York County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said he transferred Joy’s criminal cases to other judges earlier this year when he learned of the investigation: He said he issued an order Friday removing Joy from all judicial duties, effective immediately, until further order of court.

Joy attorney Christopher Ferro said the allegations are not true.

“These false accusations are without merit and we look forward to addressing the charges in court,” Ferro said in a statement.

“He can only hope that those who truly know him will reserve final judgment and give him the benefit of the doubt as he moves forward and defends against these false accusations.”

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