Rochester, NY - Judge Leticia Astacio showed up for a mandatory 9 AM meeting on Monday, June 5, in the judicial chambers of her supervisor, Justice Craig Doren of the New York Supreme Court. She left in handcuffs after being arrested on a bench warrant, according to USA Today.
Judge Astacio was supposed to be in court on Tuesday, May 30, but she texted her attorney that she couldn't be there because "she had been living in a temple with monks in the mountains of Thailand since May 3."
In a letter to Judge Astacio about Monday's mandatory meeting, Judge Doren said that 'her behavior constituted a "voluntary abandonment of public office" that would be deemed a breach of her judicial responsibilities if she failed to show up'.
Her original conviction began from an incident that occurred on February 13, 2016, when she was arrested by New York State Troopers for drunk driving. That incident occurred about 8 AM and the judge's car was involved in a single-vehicle wreck. She refused to take a Breathalyzer when the troopers asked her to.
On August 22, 2016, Judge Astacio was sentenced to a 'one-year conditional discharge' that was continued until March, 2018, after she admitted to two violations of the discharge after drinking alcohol and driving under the influence.
She was back in court in March when she beat four allegations that she had violated the conditions of her sentence: one that she drank alcohol on two separate occasions, and three about her ignition interlock, which will only start if the driver's alcohol levels are below 0.03%.
Her ignition interlock data showed that there was a reading of 0.0651% on April 29, 2017.
Judge Astacio claimed that her daughter had driven, and that the reading was hers. It is not illegal for someone to drive a car that has an ignition interlock that is for someone else.
Judge Aronson ordered her to take a urine test to determine if there were byproducts of alcohol, but she didn't take the test, because she was allegedly in Thailand living with the monks.
Judge Astacio was elected as a Democrat in 2014 for a ten-year term. She worked as a prosecutor for a time in 2009 in the Driving While Intoxicated Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.
After she was arrested on Monday, she was processed and brought back in front of Judge Aronson for arraignment. He had issued the bench warrant, and said, "You're doing everything to show you don't care what happens to your public trust."
He offered her a plea deal - plead guilty to the original drunk driving conviction, with 45 days in jail, two years of probation, and six months on an ankle monitor. Judge Astacio said no to the plea deal, and Judge Aronson ordered her held without bail until a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
In court on Monday, Judge Aronson told Judge Astacio that her attitude "appeared contemptuous," and "You are self-sabotaging any chance you have to return to the bench."
Until her case is resolved, she has been prohibited from presiding over cases since before her drunk driving conviction of August, 2016. She was also banned from entering non-public areas of the courthouse since November, 2016.
She continues to collect her annual salary of $173,700.
UPDATE: Judge Leticia Astacio has now been sentenced and her sentencing was as outrageous as her arrest. See more HERE.
Even if she is convicted of all charges, she will remain a paid judge unless the state Commission on Judicial Conduct removes her from her position.
You can see her perp walk video below: