(WXYZ) - The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree will be removed from the bench for his inappropriate relationship with a woman who had a child support case before him.
McCree will be suspended without pay for a period of six years, beginning January 1, 2015, if he's reelected, and he will be ordered to pay court costs of almost $12,000.
The high court said that McCree "engaged in conduct involving deceit or intentional misrepresentation."
Last year, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission had recommended that McCree be removed from the bench.
The commission found that McCree breached the standards of judicial conduct in multiple ways, including misconduct in office.
McCree was suspended without pay last year after admitting to having an affair with a woman whose child support case was before him.
McCree admits to carrying on an improper, sexual relationship with Geniene LaShay Mott, a witness in his courtroom. Mott complained that Robert King, the father of her child, wasn't paying enough in child support.
McCree can file a motion for reconsideration on today's ruling. McCree's attorney Brian Einhorn says he is frustrated because the court hasn't sent him or McCree the ruling yet, so he is unable to comment on the decision.