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Judge Thomas Estes resigns from the bench

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A western Massachusetts judge has resigned one day after the state's highest court said he would be suspended.

Attorney David Hoose said that Judge Thomas Estes tendered his resignation to Chief Judge Paul Dawley on Friday morning and that resignation has been accepted.

The move comes after Estes was indefinitely suspended after admitting to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.

That suspension, which was announced on Thursday, was set to take effect on June 15.

Tammy Cagle has accused Estes of pressuring her into performing oral sex on him in his chambers and her home.

Estes says their relationship was consensual and denies harassing her.

The high court said the judge's positive evaluations "cannot repair the damage to the judicial system" caused by his wrongdoing.

The full statement from Estes' attorney David Hoose appears below:

"This morning, Judge Thomas Estes of the District Court Department tendered his resignation to Chief Judge Paul Dawley. His resignation has been accepted.

On behalf of myself and the many members of the bench and bar who have supported him throughout this process, I want to say how disappointed I am that the proceedings against him have concluded in this manner. Judge Estes wishes to thank all those judges and lawyers who have supported him and to apologize to his family, friends and colleagues who he has let down.

Judge Estes was not only a good judge, he was an outstanding judge. As I said in my argument before the SJC, any Judge in the Commonwealth would trade his or her judicial evaluation with him. Judge Estes never denied the mistakes that he made in getting involved in a relationship with Tammy Cagle. Unfortunately, the entire proceedings against him were tainted by her frivolous complaint that she was sexually harassed. He will continue to defend against that allegation in the federal court.

Both Judge Estes and I felt that the penalty for his admitted transgressions should be less severe. Ultimately, the SJC thought otherwise. Both of us have too much respect for the Court and the process to comment further. Accordingly, neither Judge Estes nor I will have anything further to say on this matter"

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