'Shame' at the Polk County Courthouse - FOX 13 News

'Shame' at the Polk County Courthouse

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(Alisha Rupp) (Alisha Rupp)
(Judge Beth Harlan) (Judge Beth Harlan)
(Judge Susan Flood) (Judge Susan Flood)
(Bailiff James 'Bubba' Maxcy) (Bailiff James 'Bubba' Maxcy)
BARTOW (FOX 13) -

A scathing new report reveals details about a scandal at the Polk County courthouse involving two judges, a judicial assistant, a bailiff, sex, lies and videotape.

The 68-page report starts with Judge Beth Harlan, and her judicial assistant, Alisha Rupp.

Both are charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud, for falsifying time cards for Rupp.

The judge signed off for hours of work Rupp missed while she was out getting a couple's massage, according to the report.

When it came to light, Rupp was fired.

Rupp then hired an attorney and went public with a long-running held rumor that another judge was having an affair with a bailiff.

At a news conference last month, Rupp said she walked in on Judge Susan Flood and Bailiff James "Bubba" Maxcy having sex.

After that, she says Maxcy sexually harassed and intimidated her.

Investigators say the affair may be true, but Rupp made up the claims of harassment.

"The inappropriate manner in which Judge Flood and Bailiff Maxcy carried on at the courthouse left the judge and circuit open to the allegations," the report said, citing reports of the two being seen together in parked cars, and spending hours at a time behind closed doors in the courthouse.

Rupp is also charged with perjury, and filing a false police report.

Chief Prosecutor Jerry Hill says all four people brought shame upon the courthouse.

Rupp was arrested Friday, and is charged with scheming to defraud, grand theft, perjury, and filing a false police report.

Judge Harlan was arrested Thursday, and is charged with scheming to defraud and grand theft.

While Judge Flood's affair with the Bailiff Maxcy isn't criminal, she could face action from the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, and from voters.

Bailiff Maxcy does not face criminal charges, but is now under administrative review by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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LINK:

You can read the full report by the Polk County State Attorney here:
http://tinyurl.com/kbnrrko

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