N.Y. judge arrested, led from courthouse in handcuffs

Judge Leticia Astacio of Rochester (N.Y.) City Court is escorted into an elevator in handcuffs June 5, 2017, after a meeting with her New York Supreme Court supervisor in the Monroe County Hall of Justice in Rochester. © Max Schulte, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle Judge Leticia Astacio of Rochester (N.Y.) City Court is escorted into an elevator in handcuffs June 5, 2017, after a meeting with her New York Supreme (Photo Credit: MSN)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — An embattled City Court judge was escorted Monday from judicial chambers in handcuffs.

Rochester court deputies and city police officers executed a bench warrant issued for Judge Leticia Astacio’s arrest last week after she missed a Tuesday court appearance related to an August drunken-driving conviction.

Astacio, a Rochester City Court judge, smiled and said hello to the gaggle of reporters waiting for her at the fifth-floor elevator bank of the Monroe County Hall of Justice where officers marched her off to be processed at the nearby Rochester Public Safety Building. She returned later to the courthouse for an arraignment before Judge Stephen Aronson of Canandaigua City Court, who issued the warrant and is overseeing her drunken-driving case.

He ordered her held without bail in Monroe County Jail until a Thursday hearing. The reason she missed her court appearance last week was because she had been living in a temple with monks in the mountains of Thailand since May 3, she had texted to her lawyer.

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