Detroit judge testifies at misconduct hearing that he 'lusted' after mistress, regrets affair
Wade McCree could ultimately be removed from office by the Michigan Supreme Court
A Wayne County judge opened up Tuesday during his misconduct hearing about his affair with a woman who appeared as a witness in a child-support case in his court.
Wade McCree says he "lusted" after the younger woman, Geniene La'Shay Mott.
The 56-year-old says he was excited and thrilled to get her attention, and their relationship led to an affair in 2012. He has admitted to having sex with Mott in chambers.
McCree met Mott when she appeared in his court in a child-support case last year. He said she slipped him her card via a deputy in the courtroom and later called his court number. He said the two had a couple of conversations before agreeing to meet up for lunch.
McCree says he used "poor judgment" in allowing the relationship to grow from routine chatter to sex.
"It became a whole lot more -- as it did involve intimate relations," he said.
McCree described Mott as a woman of emotion, one minute riding on happiness and euphoria and another minute diving into "homicidal anger."
"I had to do things to pacify her," he said.
McCree said that Mott had told him she had dated married men before and knew how the relationship would be handled. But McCree said Mott pressured him for more.
"Whatever time I had, she always wanted more," he said.
Despite their relationship, he continued to oversee the case against the father of Mott's child.
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says his actions were irresponsible and eroded the public's confidence.
The Commission issued a 20-page misconduct complaint against McCree in March.
McCree's wife testifies about mistress
LaVerne McCree also took to the stand to talk about her husband's affair. She said her husband confessed to her, saying he was going to break off the relationship and wanted to stay married.
LaVerne McCree said an agreement was made between her husband and Mott -- that he would pay for an abortion.
However, LaVerne McCree said the only way Mott would go through with the abortion was if Wade McCree filed for divorce.
LaVerne McCree said she and her husband talked about a plan to start divorce proceedings but not actually go through with them.
Mott eventually changed her mind about having the procedure.
When asked if she planned on staying in her marriage, LaVerne McCree said, "Yes."
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