A Graubünden administrative judge is accused of raping an intern. Now he resigns.
A former court intern filed a criminal complaint against an administrative judge in Graubünden that he raped her in December 2021. This was reported by the “Inside Justice” portal and the “SonntagsZeitung” last weekend.
On Wednesday afternoon, the accused judge announced via a lawyer that he was “resigning as an administrative judge of the Administrative Court of Graubünden after intensive consideration and consultation with those closest to him”.
Resignation for a “neutral review”
He considers this step necessary to protect his family, the institution and himself from further damage and loss of reputation, it says in his resignation letter. In this way, a neutral and independent review is possible.
The accused rejects the allegations of rape, the sexual contact with the then 24-year-old woman was consensual. The judge emphasizes this in his letter of resignation: “I am convinced that the ongoing investigations will show the true events and will relieve me.”
Bündner approach reaps criticism
The approach of the Graubünden public prosecutor’s office caused criticism. When the former intern filed a criminal complaint almost three months after the alleged rape, the public prosecutor’s office assigned her own prosecutor to the case.
This point was criticized by the former Basel public prosecutor Markus Mohler in the “SonntagsZeitung” that the proximity between the court and the public prosecutor’s office was too great. The Graubünden public prosecutor’s office stuck to their approach even after the latest media reports. The necessary distance is given, it was said on Tuesday.