3/27/2014 8:42 AM
by Rebecca Turco
(Picture Courtesy: Facebook)
PRINCETON - A judicial panel said a
former Mercer County magistrate abused his power and his conduct on the bench
The Judicial Investigation Commission admonished former
Magistrate Richard D. Fowler earlier this month. The commission reportedly
began investigating Fowler in late 2013, after sexually explicit messages
between him and a woman who appeared before him in court were posted on Facebook.
There were also allegations of sexual harassment and a complaint about extrajudicial
The commission found probable cause that Fowler violated
multiple canons and the code of judicial conduct. The commission admonished Fowler
instead of pursuing formal charges because he is no longer in office. Fowler
retired in February and has denied the allegations.