A Pennsylvania judge has landed on the other side of the law after police found him (sans robe or gavel) highly intoxicated, naked and wrapped in a bedsheet in a Cumberland County hotel.
Douglas Gummo, a magistrate judge in Huntingdon County, is charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Police said they were called to the Radisson Penn Harris hotel in Camp Hill on April 1 after getting a call from another judge. Police said Gummo had met the other judge at a conference at the Radisson and he was trying to get into her room, WJAC-TV reports.
Gummo made quite a scene outside his fellow judge's hotel room. He really wanted to get in there. She really did not want him to come in.
Gummo was wearing only a bed sheet when he was taken into custody for repeatedly banging on the hotel door, police said, WGAL-TV reports.
Officers wrote in the citation that Gummo admitted to drinking 10 cans of beer and that the victim was "shaken" by the incident and required a police escort back to her room, WJAC-TV reports.
"She refused him admission to her room previously in the evening," a police news release states. "Gummo returned a short period later and beat on her door for approximately 10 minutes and attempted to turn the doorknob. He left and returned on two other occasions beating on the door attempting to gain access."
Huntingdon County court administrators told WJAC-TV on Monday afternoon that Gummo had not been suspended, but that a court order was released stating that other district magistrates would preside over hearings on Gummo's docket.
The woman in the room was identified by police as a magisterial district judge from outside the Harrisburg area, The Patriot-News reports.
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