Miami judge busted for pointing rifle at, threatening ex-girlfriend while child present
A judge who reviews federal disability cases in Miami was arrested at his El Portal home Tuesday night after police said he threatened the mother of his child with a gun and a rifle.
According to Timothy Robert Maher’s police report, after the mother of his child sent him a text saying she was in front of his home to pick up their child, Maher came outside with his son in his left arm and a gun holstered on his right hip. At one point the woman claimed Maher told her, “I’m going to show you what pain is about,” then kept pointing a flashlight at her.
The woman, who police did not name in the report, said after Maher placed the child in her car, he continued to point the flashlight at her through the window. When she said she was going to call 911, she said the judge went into the home and retrieved a long rifle and pointed it at her through the vehicle’s back window, she told police.
Maher’s arrest report says the the couple were together for four years but broke up in April. He was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, child abuse with no great bodily harm and resisting arrest without violence.
In court Monday, Maher told Miami-Dade County Court Judge Renatha Francis that he had “been a judge for over 10 years, before that I spent 15 years as an [assistant] United States Attorney and senior counsel to the Treasury Department,” according to local television station WTVJ Channel 6.
Maher is an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Miami. Unlike federal judges who hear a range of civil and criminal cases, his role is limited to reviewing Social Security disability cases. He was one of 15 judges in the office. The Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C., said it cannot comment on personnel matters.
Maher also could not be reached for comments. Court records late Wednesday did not reflect whether he had retained a defense attorney.
Maher told Judge Francis that his child’s mother fabricated the incident and that at no point did he have a weapon on him or threaten the mother of his child. Still, the judge ordered Maher held on $13,000 bond and he was told to stay away from the child.
According to police, when they showed up at Maher’s El Portal home just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Maher at first refused to come outside. “I observed him trying to conceal himself behind a wall,” in the home, the arresting officer wrote in the report.
Police then set up a perimeter and the commanding officer was able to reach Maher on the phone. Once he was talked into coming outside, the arrest report claims, an officer grabbed Maher, who initially broke free, but was eventually taken into custody.
By Wednesday afternoon, the judge had paid his bond and was released from jail.