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Teacher-turned-judge faces drugs-for-sex charges

AP , RACINE, WISCONSIN

A former municipal judge faces 18 felony charges after two women accused him of making them sign a contract that let them live on his property if they gave him control of their prescription medications, which he then doled out in exchange for sex acts.

Glenn Staege, 67, was charged on Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with two counts of causing a person to practice prostitution and 16 counts of possession of prescription drug with intent to deliver.

The women alleged Staege forced them to sign a contract before they could live at his property that stated, in part: ``The more cooperative you are with me to help me meet my needs, the more cooperative I will be to meet your needs. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy.''

One of the women said she and her boyfriend were homeless when Staege offered to let them live in a van on his property, according to court documents. She contends Staege forced her to engage in various forms of sexual activity 18 times in order to get her prescription medications, and that he videotaped the liaisons.

The other woman said in court documents that she gave her Social Security checks to Staege, who bought her clothes and got her things she needed. She said she is addicted to the painkiller Percocet and that Staege gave her up to 12 pills a day.

Staege remained at the Racine County Jail on Thursday. If convicted on all counts, Staege could face up to 108 years in prison.

Staege served as a municipal court judge in Raymond, Wisconsin, for four years in the 1980s and 1990s, handling minor issues like traffic and zoning violations.

He had previously worked as a teacher.

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