AG seeks more sex crime charges against southeast Washington judge

Southeast Wash. judge accused of courthouse rape, sex assault takes leave
Asotin County Superior Court

ASOTIN COUNTY, Wash. – The Washington state attorney general’s office wants to file more sex crime charges against a judge because investigators say they’ve identified a third victim.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Scott D. Gallina, an Asotin County Superior Court judge, has already been charged with second-degree rape, indecent liberties and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.

The Attorney General’s Office now wants to file additional fourth-degree assault charges, after a woman told Washington State Police investigators that Gallina groped her buttocks and made inappropriate comments to her.

Several women have reported Gallina subjected them to workplace sexual misconduct from the time he was appointed to the bench in 2014 until the investigation was launched this spring.

Gallina was arrested April 10. He has pleaded not guilty.

A pretrial hearing is set for Aug. 23.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune,