UPDATE: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the judge was taken into custody by the Washington State Patrol on suspicion of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and indecent liberties.
“I have accepted a request from the Asotin County prosecutor to handle the case,” according to a statement from Ferguson. “We are reviewing the investigation and we expect to have a decision on possible criminal charges (Thursday.) My office has been and will continue to work closely with the state patrol to investigate the allegations.”
ASOTIN — Asotin County Superior Court Judge Scott D. Gallina was arrested at the courthouse this morning on allegations of criminal sexual misconduct.
The arrest follows an investigation by the Washington State Patrol, who began interviewing multiple alleged victims on Monday. Complaints about sexual harassment and assaults were reported to Asotin County officials several weeks ago.
Gallina, 55, likely will be transported to an out-of-area jail for the booking process. Deputies from the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office assisted the WSP with the arrest, following a civil hearing in Asotin County Superior Court.
Gallina was appointed to the Superior Court bench in Asotin, Garfield and Columbia counties by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in 2014 when Judge William D. Acey retired. He was elected for another four-year term in 2016.
Gallina has been an attorney since 1990. He worked at the Clark and Feeney law firm in Lewiston and has worn the robe as a judge pro tem in Asotin County District Court and a Superior Court commissioner in the three-county area where he now presides. He is a graduate of Pullman High School, Washington State University and the University of Idaho College of Law.
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