Woman allegedly shoved, goaded Judge Astacio

Woman allegedly shoved, goaded Judge Astacio


By Spectrum News Staff

The Spencerport woman accused of confronting Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio, allegedly pushing her and daring the judge to “take things outside,” was supposed to face arraignment Tuesday but that was rescheduled for October 23.

Monica Skinner, 53, is charged with second-degree harassment.

According to court paperwork, Astacio says she was grabbed by the arm Saturday at Radio Social, an eatery/bowling alley/gaming center. Astacio says she told the woman to let go but the woman then allegedly pushed her in the chest with both hands.

Other witnesses told police that Skinner was in Astacio’s personal space and that Skinner ended up falling in someone’s lap. Another witness told police that Skinner shoved security guards. Skinner’s boyfriend told police he was there, but said he was in the parking lot at the time and didn’t see what happened.

Skinner was arrested and released after posting $100 bail. Her arraignment was postponed after Judge Ellen Yacknin recused herself.

A separate court appearance scheduled for Tuesday, this one for Astacio, was adjourned. Her new attorneys will instead meet in Ontario County for a pre-trial conference. Astacio is accused of going to the Del Lago Casino and Resort in Seneca County without getting permission from her probation officer. Conditions of her probation bar her from leaving Monroe County without permission.

Astacio’s lenghty legal saga all began with a a misdemeanor DWI in February 2016, of which she was later found guilty. The judge has already served 40 days in jail and must continue to wear an alcohol-monitoring device.

Astacio is still a city court judge despite not hearing cases. The judge said just this weekend on social media that she has no intention of resigning.