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More come forward with allegations against Arkansas judge

An Arkansas disciplinary panel says more victims have come forward with allegations against a judge already accused of carrying on inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.

The accusers claim Cross County District Court Judge Joe Boeckmann offered them reduced sentences and later took or requested inappropriate photos of them.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission filed new civil administrative charges Tuesday against Boeckmann. The commission alleges Boeckmann wrote more than 100 checks worth $30,000 to young white men who appeared before him in court or their defense attorneys.

Boeckmann is accused of showing preferential treatment and handing out sentences that included picking up trash at his home. He allegedly took inappropriate photographs of some defendants during those punishments.

A phone call to Boeckmann's attorney late Tuesday wasn't immediately returned.