Larimer County judge Robert Rand resigns following censure; accused of inappropriate conduct

Rand says allegations were misunderstandings

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A Larimer County judge has resigned after being censured by the Colorado Supreme Court for alleged inappropriate or unethical conduct.

But Judge Robert Rand told the Fort Collins Coloradoan that most, if not all, of the allegations were misunderstandings.

Rand, who was suspended with pay July 3, told the newspaper he resigned to end an investigation into his actions. He also avoids a trial before a special judge.

Many of the allegations concerned what court officials said were inappropriate comments Rand made to female attorneys and court workers.

According to the complaint against Rand, while serving as a judge he’s also accused of joking in private about the large breasts of a woman appearing before him in court and giving a defendant who was under 21 advice on how to handle peer pressure to drink alcohol by faking that she was drinking.

Rand said he plans to move to California to be closer to family.