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and this didn’t happen in california

Typically, when strange but true news stories surface, there’s a good chance it happened in California. I’m not sure of the exact odds, but they’re pretty high. That’s what makes this story so fascinating — it actually happened in Memphis and not in San Francisco.

A 60-year-old man is charged with paying a mother to have sex with her 8-year-old daughter. That alone is bizarre enough. But the man was scheduled to be arraigned in a Shelby County court … and the presiding judge is his fiance! That conflict of interest was quickly resolved when all of the General Sessions judges in Shelby County recused themselves because of the relationship.

The accused guy is an employee of the Shelby County’s Sheriff’s Department and used his fiance/judge as a reference when he applied for the job. Newspapers have reported that he was not only engaged to the judge, but they were living together at the time the purported rape occured. Wow!

And in a final twist, the new judge promptly reduced his bond from $150,000 to $75,000 and the fiance/judge told attorneys that he will continue to live with her if he is able to make bond.