Ex-Tenn. judge sentenced in drugs, sex scheme

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Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:46 PM

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former county judge in Tennessee has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for lying to cover up a scheme that provided him with painkillers and sex.

A federal judge sentenced Richard Baumgartner on Wednesday. The ex-Knox County judge was convicted in November of five counts of misprision of a felony. It accused him of lying to cover up a conspiracy involving a defendant from his court supplying him with pills and sex.

Baumgartner stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a state charge of official misconduct after a probe found he bought pills from the felon. But he did not receive jail time for that charge.

Prosecutors say he was so addicted that he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks