More Women Complain Of Being Harassed By Brazoria Judge

The list of women who say they've been subjected to the unwanted sexual advances of Brazoria County Judge James Blackstock is getting longer.

Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman and two other women have told District Attorney Jeri Yenne they too were groped and kissed by Blackstock, who was indefinitely suspended with pay last week after 14 charges of misdemeanor official oppression were filed against him following allegations by three women employed by the county's juvenile probation department.

Blackstock, 61, has been a county court at-law and probate judge since 1988.

Hudman, the county clerk, told The Facts
newspaper that Blackstock suddenly accosted her in his office in April 2006 after summoning her to a one-on-one meeting in his chambers.

"He put his hands to my face and kissed me," she said. "He grabbed my breasts and then turned me around ... leaned against my body. He let go and then he grabbed my butt."

She told officials in the district attorney's office but didn't want to file a complaint.

"I still had to work with him," she was quoted as saying.

Hudman, 46, said she decided to go public with the incident because the three juvenile probation department employees had the courage to file complaints against Blackstock.

She's secretary of the County & District Clerks Association of Texas.

Besides Hudman, the two other women to join the growing chorus against Blackstock include a former adult probation officer and another officer in the juvenile probation department.

-- Steve Olafson


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