A district judge described by his attorney as "socially inept and challenged with women" was suspended without pay Tuesday for two months for behavior that included calling female lawyers repeatedly and making uninvited visits to their homes or offices.
The Court of Judicial Discipline also placed North East District Judge Gerard Alonge on probation until his current term expires at the end of next year and directed him to continue getting mental health treatment.
The 51-year-old Alonge apologized in court for behavior that the court described as "bizarre and weird" and "conduct akin to 'stalking.'"
"Never did I act or speak with malice, nor did I ever seek to cause distress to the women," Alonge said during a court hearing that included videotaped testimony by lawyers who praised his work as a judge.
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"Socially Inept" PA Judge Gets 2 Months Suspension