A hearing was held in Austin Monday regarding two public reprimands issued against Judge Guy Williams in December 2018.
The hearing held by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct focused heavily on allegations of one reprimand that Williams inappropriately touched three women at a party at a downtown Corpus Christi club in August 2017.
Williams and his legal team are appealing both reprimands.
One woman said Williams groped her backside while a group of judges and elected officials posed for a group photo.
Williams denied the inappropriate touching.
However, he admits to sending that woman a text message that said, “Nice body for a 70-year-old,” shortly after that photo was taken.
Another woman said while at the same party, Williams fondled her breast and backside while sitting next to her. That woman participated in the same group photo and said she decided to go home afterward.
Williams also denied those allegations, but he admitted the following Monday he approached that woman and called her one of his “victims.”
A third woman said on the same night, Guy Williams touched her on her breast, and later on her backside. She said she told him to stop multiple times, but “he just smiled and turned his face the other way.”
Based on those findings, the State Commission determined that Guy Williams “failed to be patient, dignified and courteous to individuals with whom he deals with in an official capacity” when he allegedly groped the three women. Those findings resulted in one of the two reprimands.
The other public reprimand issued against Williams was for “failing to be dignified and courteous” during a July 2017 hearing for a child support case.
No decision was made at Monday’s hearing regarding the appeal or any punishment Williams could face.
Williams’ attorney Chris Gale did not respond to a request for comment as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.