A central Florida judge is under investigation over whether she had an improper relationship with a bailiff.
The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday filed a notice of formal charges with the state Supreme Court against Polk County Court Judge Susan Flood. Flood has been asked to respond to allegations about her relationship with former bailiff James Maxcy.
The investigation stems from an investigation into another Polk County employee.
A judicial assistant was fired last year for falsifying time sheets. The employee then alleged she was fired in retaliation for making sexual harassment complaints, which were later recanted.
Circuit Judge Beth Harlan retired in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges against her alleging she approved the false timecards.