Judge suspended after filing of gender violence complaint
By The Star Staff
The Courts Administration Office announced Thursday that Superior Court Judge Josian Rivera Torres has been suspended in relation to an alleged case of gender violence.
The courts administrative director, Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa, said in a written statement: “We became aware of a complaint filed with the Puerto Rico Police against Judge Josian Rivera Torres, Superior Court Judge attached to the Superior Court, Guayama Chamber. It has been reported that the matter is in an investigative stage and space will be given to the authorities concerned to carry out the corresponding procedures. As a precautionary measure, the Presiding Judge, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, relieved Judge Rivera Torres of his position as interim deputy administrator of the Judicial Region of Guayama and the Office of Legal Affairs was ordered to initiate an investigation in this regard. The Courts Administration Office remains attentive to this matter and will take the measures it seems necessary in accordance with the conduct of the investigation.”
According to the daily El Vocero, the ex-wife of Rivera Torres went to the authorities, where she filed a gender violence complaint against the judge. The complaint was related to events that allegedly occurred on Tuesday.