DETROIT (WWJ/AP) –  A Metro Detroit man says his civil rights were violated in a child support case because a Wayne County judge was having a sexual relationship with the mother of his child.

Robert King of Macomb County’s Clinton Township filed in federal court Monday against Judge Wade McCree and Geniene La’Shay Mott.

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King said the judge last summer ordered him to wear an electronic tether until he paid child support. The Michigan Supreme Court last week suspended McCree without pay, two months after Fox 2 News reported on the judge’s relationship with Mott.

Mott said she regularly had sex with McCree and became pregnant with his child.  Reporter Charlie LeDuff, who broke that story in December, told Langton records show McCree texted her from the bench, asking her to weigh in sentencing for the baby’s father.

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In one text, McCree writes: “OK, The math will be based on his failures since being placed on probation, but if U’r right, the threat of jail will loosen his purse strings!” (Read more here).

McCree made headlines last year when he was formally reprimanded for sending a shirtless photo of himself to a court employee.

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