The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct filed a complaint against a part-time North Bergen Municipal judge who admitted to groping a woman inside of his law office.
Nino Falcone faces allegations of numerous judicial code violations in relation to an August 2019 incident during which he allegedly groped a woman who entered his North Bergen law office on behalf of her employer, a physician who had professional ties with Falcone dating back years.
Falcone pulled the woman, who knew Falcone and had been represented by him in the past, into him, rubbed her back then held her arm and squeezed her breast when she attempted to push him away, the complaint said.
“Let me touch you,” he said, per the complaint. “Let me play with you.”
After he released her, he offered her “birthday money.”
The woman, whose name was withheld to protect her privacy, told her employer, co-workers and husband about the incident contemporaneously and informed police about the incident that evening.
On a call recorded by authorities, Falcone apologized for touching her inappropriately.
The part-time judge was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact on Sept. 12, 2019, and has been suspended from his judicial duties since then.
He was admitted into a pretrial intervention program on March 12, 2020, and the charges against him were dismissed last month.