Judge Under Investigation For Harassment

A Western Massachusetts judge who was  taken off the bench earlier this year is the subject of a sexual  harassment allegation. 

The Massachusetts  Commission Against Discrimination began investigating a complaint filed  against Eastern Hampshire District Court Judge Thomas Estes in July by  Tammy Cagle, a former clinical coordinator in the Pittsfield Drug Court.  

Cagle alleges she was removed from her position as retribution for  ending a sexual relationship with Estes. It was reported in August that  Estes had been reassigned to Holyoke District Court but was not  presiding over any cases. 

An online petition called for the removal of  Estes in August 2016 after he gave probation to a former East Longmeadow  high school athlete who was charged with sexually assaulting two  unconscious classmates.

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