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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ind. Courts - Former Marion County small claims judge charged in sexual misconduct case

Michael Anthony Adams had the story in the Indianapolis Star yesterday afternoon. The story begins:

A former small claims court judge was caught on camera attempting to solicit sex acts from an inmate he was representing, court documents say.

Clark G. Rehme, an attorney in Indianapolis, has been charged with three counts of sexual misconduct and one count of official misconduct on allegations he had two female inmates expose themselves and perform sexual acts on him in an interview room at the Shelby County Jail, a probable cause affidavit states.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department officials began investigating Rehme after an inmate told a jail officer that she did not want to be in a room with her court-appointed attorney. The inmate said the attorney, identified as Rehme, had her show him her breasts and perform sex acts on him while he exposed himself to her, court documents state.

The story notes:
Rehme was appointed a small claims court judge in Lawrence Township in November 2011 but was not elected in 2014 and vacated his seat in December [of 2014].
ILB: A search of the ILB archives reveals this July 9, 2014 post quoting from Indiana Court Times on the status of the Marion County small claim court system (ILB emphasis):
Judge Rosenberg cites the establishment of more uniformity among the small claims courts as another success. Rather than seeing each township as its own island, the judges are beginning to visualize these courts as divisions of a countywide system. Because so many cases (excluding landlord/tenant cases) are transferred between townships, it is important for each to have similar standards and procedures. The nine township judges are moving closer to a unified system, and in March 2014, elected Lawrence Township Judge Clark Rehme as their Chief Judge. Judge Rehme will take over the Circuit Court’s role of setting the agenda and presiding over the regular meetings of the township judges.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 24, 2015 08:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts