Superior Court Judge Stephen Thompson, a 57 year old veteran New Jersey judge and war hero, was busted on child-porn charges after cops found a sickening videotape in his home featuring an underage boy engaging in sex acts.  The judge appeared stunned as he was led away in handcuffs from his suburban home in Haddonfield.  He was arraigned in state Superior Court in Trenton on a single count of endangering the welfare of a child and released without bail.  He was warned to have no unsupervised contact with any minors, either boys or girls.  The New Jersey Supreme Court also suspended him without pay, effective immediately.  A conviction carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison, although he could get no prison time.

Thompson was arrested yesterday on charges he traveled to Russia to have sex with a teenage boy.  He was charged with making the trip to have sex with a monor for the purpose of making a videotape.  The charge carries a mandatory federal prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  Authorities said they have a videotape that they say shows 40 minutes of footage of Thompson and a boy believed to be between 13 and 16 years old engaged in sex acts.

(New Jersey)