York district judge pleads no contest, gets probation, must resign

RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) – A suspended York County magisterial district judge has pleaded no contest to charges that he assaulted four women who appeared in his courtroom.

Jeffrey Scott Joy pleaded no contest to two counts of official oppression in court Wednesday. He was then ordered to resign and never judge again.

Joy, of New Freedom, was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and serve a two-year probation term.

Official oppression, indecent assault and harassment charges were first filed against Joy in 2015.

Court records indicate that prosecutors dropped charges of bribery and harassment. Authorities had alleged that Joy offered to vacate a woman’s court fines and expunge her criminal record if she modeled lingerie for him.

The woman is among three who accused Joy of visiting their homes after they appeared in his courtroom. One said the judge groped her in her apartment.

A fourth woman accused Joy of making sexual comments to her in his courtroom.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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