Astacio Taken Away in Handcuffs


13 WHAM - "Leticia Astacio was led out of court in handcuffs Monday afternoon after denying multiple allegations of violating the conditions of her probation.

The Rochester City Court judge faced seven alleged violations, including two instances of traveling to del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County without the permission of her probation officer.

On Monday afternoon, Judge Stephen Aronson denied a request from her attorney to dismiss the charges. He remanded Astacio to jail immediately without setting bail.

Astacio is scheduled to return to court on November 3 at 1 p.m.

Astacio is accused of violating her probation as early as the day she was released from jail. In July, a notice alleging three separate violations was filed, including one in which her ankle monitor registered a 0.127 BAC. This came after probation officers say Astacio failed to plug in the base unit of her alcohol monitoring device and another instance in which she claims to have used a foot peel with alcohol-containing ingredients.

Court paperwork filed last week adds that on September 29, Astacio told her probation officer that "she would not pick up a travel permit when she travels."

On October 4, Astacio told her probation officer that, "she had business in Syracuse starting on October 17, but that she would be leaving earlier to prepare." Court documents state that her probation officer directed her to give her officer specific dates of travel and an address where she would be staying.

On October 15, Astacio allegedly left Monroe County without telling anyone in the probation office and traveled to del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County. This information was confirmed by data from her ignition interlock device.

The probation officer then called Astacio on the morning on October 16. Paperwork states that Astacio, "apologized for not providing specific information prior to travel and did give the address of where she was staying." The conditions of Astacio's probation mandate that she remain in Monroe County unless she is granted prior permission to leave from the court or her probation officer.

In a separate incident, Astacio was the alleged victim of harassment at a bowling alley and bar in Rochester. Monica Skinner, a Spencerport woman, is accused of accosting Astacio outside the establishment and trying to goad her into a fight. That case as scheduled to be in court Monday, but was adjourned to a later date.

Employees at the Hall of Justice in Rochester confirmed Astacio has not been at work since August 31, citing a doctor's note. She is still receiving her $174,000 annual salary.

The NYS Judicial Conduct Commission has an open case on Astacio. They are scheduled to meet on Thursday, October 26. It is possible they will rule on her case."

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