NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 24 that Delmar House, the former village justice for the village of West Carthage Court in Jefferson County, entered a guilty plea in court after allegations of abusing his position as a judge by trading lenient treatment in exchange for sexual favors.


House purportedly reduced a fine for a defendant who appeared before him in exchange for sexual favors. He also allegedly paid a portion of that defendant’s fines in exchange for additional sexual favors.


“This was an abhorrent abuse of office,” Schneiderman said. “We will keep working to root out and prosecute public corruption in all of its forms. Any conduct that compromises the integrity of public office will not be tolerated.”


House entered his guilty plea in Jefferson County Court before judge Kim M. Martusewicz. His sentencing hearing will be conducted May 2.


Handling the case for New York is assistant attorney general Mary Gorman of the Public Integrity Bureau under the supervision of bureau chief Daniel Cort and deputy bureau chief Stacy Aronowitz.

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