A judge in the US is facing professional misconduct charges after she allegedly had sex with an inmate in an interview room while he was in prison.
Lisa Traylor-Wolff, 52, who is also a defence lawyer, is accused of having a "physically intimate relationship" with her client at a correctional facility in Peru, Indiana.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications claims the judge began the affair before the inmate was jailed.
The relationship then continued as she represented him while he appealed his conviction.
Ms Traylor-Wolff works part-time as a senior judge in two northern Indiana counties, filling in for trial court judges.
Senior judges reportedly are also allowed to represent clients in court.
Ms Traylor-Wolff now has 20 days to respond to three disciplinary charges — including having sex with a client and undermining the integrity of the position of judge — before her case goes before a state court.
If found guilty, she could be barred for life from holding a judicial office in Indiana.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley