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Judge Suspended Amid Claims Of Threesomes In Office, Strong-Arming Attorneys

Kenton County Judge Dawn Gentry is accused of having threesomes in her office and coercing support for her election.

Covington, KY – A Kentucky judge has been suspended with pay pending a hearing on numerous accusations of professional and personal misconduct, including having conducted a three-way affair with two employees in her family court office.

The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has accused 39-year-old Kenton County Judge Dawn Gentry of hiring her lover, former pastor Stephen Penrose, and then having sex with him and her secretary while the three were at work, National Public Radio reported.

Gentry, Penrose, and the judge’s secretary, Laura Aubrey, are also accused of regularly leaving the office together so that the family court office was unmanned.

The commission’s report said that Gentry let Penrose play his guitar and sing in his office, causing a disruption to other court employees during the workday, according to NPR.

Gentry, a family court judge for Kentucky’s 16th Judicial Circuit, was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2016.

She was elected to serve four more years on the bench in 2018, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Gentry is also accused of retaliating against attorneys serving on her seven-member Guardian Ad Litem panel who refused her sexual advances.

The attorney for Katherine Schulz, an attorney who claimed to have rejected Gentry’s advances, told the commission at a hearing on Jan. 3 that his client had feared retaliation if she didn’t welcome the judge’s advances and support her campaign, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

But Penrose’s wife, Brenna, who is confined to a wheelchair because of a stroke she suffered during childbirth, told the commission that Schulz had appeared to be a willing participant in the sexual shenanigans.

In fact, Brenna said that Schulz had tried to kiss her when Gentry was practicing with her band, South of Cincy, in the Penrose’s basement, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“It’s not like I could get up and walk away,” the wheelchair bound woman complained.

When Gentry appeared before the commission on Jan. 3, she asked to continue working as a judge while her charges were reviewed, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

But the Judicial Conduct Commission banned the judge from the Kenton County Courthouse until after her hearing on April 20 in the Campbell County Courthouse.

In all, Gentry is charged with nine instances of judicial misconduct, including coercion to participate in judicial campaign, retaliation for failure to support judicial campaign, facilities and time sheet falsification, retaliation against school employees, failure to include private attorneys in meetings with her Guardian Ad Litem panel regarding their clients, harassment and retaliation against Schulz, inappropriate hiring and relationship with Penrose, hiring and appointing court staff not based on merit, and failure to be candid and honest with the commission, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Judicial Conduct Commission also alleged that Gentry falsified a time sheet for an employee, brought her children to work, and allowed one of her children to witness a confidential proceeding where her child recognized a child involved in the case.

The commission will review the charges filed against Gentry by the state at the April hearing, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Gentry could lose her judgeship permanently if the charges against her are founded.

Tom Gantert - January Wed, 2020

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