District judge accused of improperly pursuing clerk suspended for 90 days

AMBRIDGE, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania district judge, who the state Judicial Conduct Board claims improperly pursued a romantic interest with one of his clerks, has been suspended from his courtroom duties for 90 days, the Judicial Review Board told Channel 11 News on Friday.

In early December, the board filed a 52-page complaint against Ambridge District Judge Andrew Hladio. Lawyers were investigating judicial misconduct and allegations involving him making advances toward one of his female clerks.

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The meeting Friday - in which it was determined that Hladio would be removed from the bench for three months - lasted five hours.

Channel 11 News learned Hladio is suspended with pay and benefits while the review board continues to investigate the complaint.