Criminal Justice

Judge Says Sorry for Trying to Enter Female Jurist's Hotel Room Dressed in Sheet, Pays $438 Fine

Charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after police say he tried to enter a female jurist’s hotel room wearing a bedsheet three times one night in April at a judicial conference, a Pennsylvania magistrate has apologized for his behavior, pleaded guilty to harassment and paid a $438 fine.

In exchange, the other charges against Hunterdon County District Judge Douglas Gummo, 42, were dropped, according to the Associated Press and WHTM.

The female district magistrate reportedly accepted his apology and wished him well, saying that she hopes he resolves his drinking problem, a Cumberland County prosecutor tells the news agency.

Gummo’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP. Gummo remains active as a district magistrate, the news agency notes.

Earlier coverage: “Magistrate Allegedly Tried to Enter Female Jurist’s Conference Hotel Room Wrapped in Bedsheet”

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