Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement Thursday on the case against Asotin County Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina:
“Today, my office filed formal charges against Judge Scott Gallina for second-degree rape, fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and indecent liberties. The court set $50,000 bail, issued a sexual assault protective order for one of the survivors, and ordered Judge Gallina to turn in his keys to the courthouse.”
In addition to second-degree rape, court documents allege sexual misconduct with at least nine different women. Allegations include inappropriate comments, touching, kissing, groping and a bite that broke the skin. One woman told investigators that she wrote a letter to Gallina, stating his actions were unwelcome. He reportedly responded via text, “I agree with you even though I don’t want to”. The text was provided to investigators.
Gallina was arrested on Wednesday at the Asotin County Courthouse and spent one night in jail in Walla Walla. He was released Thursday on a $50,000 bond and ordered to stay in Washington or Idaho.
Asotin County is located in southeast Washington State.
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